Katihar Master Plan 2030 has been created for Katihar. Katihar is located in the district with the same name in the north eastern part of Bihar. Katihar town covers an area of 25.5 sq. km and is divided into 45 wards. Katihar is an important railway junction of the district. Katihar used to be a hub for industries related to jute mill, flour mill, biscuit and paper mills, however, presently only one paper mill and a few very small industries are surviving. The earmarked industrial area is lying unused, which can be used for development of industries.
Katihar had a population of 190,873 as per Census 2001. The current estimated population of Katihar is approximately 243232 (2011 provisional census). The projected population of Katihar is 405698 by 2030.
Vision of Katihar Master Plan 2030
The vision for Katihar Master Plan 2030 was derived on the basis of the status assessment of the city, stakeholder consultations and focused group discussions. Participatory consultations during the visioning process concluded that there is need to revive growth and improve the overall quality of life of its citizens. The identified Vision of Katihar Master Plan 2030 is as follows:
“To develop Katihar as an agro processing industrial hub for small and medium industries with quality infrastructure for all citizens”
The identified vision forms the basis of sector-specific strategies adopted in framing the action plan.
Growth Strategies of Katihar Master Plan 2030
- To assure adequate and equitable water supply daily and for reasonable length of time.
- To provide citywide coverage of sewerage and sanitation system to make it environmentally safe.
- To establish an effective rainwater collection system thereby reducing mixing of rain and sullage water and reducing the incidence of water logging during monsoons.
- To establish and maintain an effective and sustainable waste management practice in the city.
- To improve the condition of roads and provide adequate, safe and user friendly public transportation in Katihar.
- Service provision and universal access to all basic urban services at an affordable cost.