Master Plan Delhi 2041: What do stakeholders have to say?

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) revealed the draft proposal for Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2041 on Wednesday and invited public opinion and objection. Over the following 45 days, any citizen can provide their recommendations on the draft coverage.

The 487-page doc offers with a number of points that may impression town within the years to come. It emphasizes on sustainability, be it environmental, infrastructural, or monetary.

The imaginative and prescient doc for the following twenty yr has already initiated debate over a few of its proposals. India Today spoke to consultants from completely different fields to perceive their views on the draft coverage and the way it will have an effect on them.

AK JAIN – TOWN PLANNER

AK Jain, former chief city planner at DDA, stated the introduction of a monitoring system with a web-based database to coordinate between varied our bodies working in Delhi such because the municipal firms, Delhi Jal Board, central and state authorities and so forth is a welcome addition.

Jain additionally stated the deal with sustainability is an effective signal. “We never thought about environmental issues like carbon emissions earlier, but these are there in the draft policy this time. The policy also mentions becoming a future-ready city to cater to the needs of the youth. Economic viability is another aspect that the master plan talks about. Night life in the city can provide commercial opportunities to various professionals,” he acknowledged.

But Jain additionally has some reservations concerning the coverage. According to him, town’s future inhabitants has been projected carelessly. The doc predicts that Delhi will have a inhabitants of 29.2 million by 2041.

He additionally identified {that a} requirement of 34 lakh residential models has been talked about within the grasp plan. While 17 lakh models shall be made below the land-pooling coverage, the coverage is silent on how the opposite 17 lakh models shall be made by redevelopment of properties, Jain stated.

RAJEEV SURI – ENVIRONMENTALIST

Rajeev Suri, a civil society proponent of city sustainability and setting points, was extra essential of the coverage.

Suri stated, “I will give credit to DDA for prioritising environment and proposing sustainable development with an environmental outlook. But inside the policy, there is a different story altogether.”

“The draft policy talks about development even in the green area. This will increase the footprint in areas which should remain untouched. Similarly, agricultural lands will now be available for residential purposes under the land-pooling policy. This will urbanize open spaces,” he added.

MPD 2041 has a separate chapter on transport oriented developments. According to Suri, it will improve densification and proceed motorized transport. He additionally criticised the coverage for not together with electrical automobiles in its plan.

“Charging stations for electrical automobiles would require land however no provision has been made within the grasp plan for that,” he said.

Finally, Suri said the master plan talks of heritage and waste management but suggests no concrete steps for the same.

PRAVEEN KHANDELWAL – TRADE LEADER

Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders, sounded positive about the draft policy. He said that a cursory look at the proposal indicates that MPD 2041 will make radical changes to the development norms of Delhi.

He said, “Besides ensuring pre-existing commercial activity is conducted smoothly, the provision to allow commercial activities in industrial areas will certainly provide more business opportunities in a systematic and regulated way.

“This master plan is different from the earlier master plan in many ways. It has greatly focused on increasing IT activities, providing more opportunities to the service sector, promoting green environment, providing affordable housing for weaker sections, enlarging the hospitality sector and preserving the ancient heritage of Delhi,” Khandelwal added.

However, he stated that DDA plans to shift many wholesale markets but has not provided any details on this in its master plan. “It is very important to include a clear and time-bound policy on shifting of markets,” he emphasised.

In addition, Khandelwal feels that establishments like farmhouses and banquet halls should be given some impetus as they are part of the hospitality sector and provide affordable venues for gatherings in the city.

PANKAJ AGARWAL – GEN SEC, RWA

While traders seem to be happy with the master plan’s commercialization initiatives, resident welfare associations (RWA) hold a different opinion.

Pankaj Agarwal, general secretary of the RWA joint front in Delhi, was very critical of the master plan’s “over-emphasis on commercialization”.

“The character of town is historically and predominantly residential. But now DDA is extra eager about bringing a pro-commercial grasp plan. In 2006-2007 too, when the 2021 grasp plan was made, industrial retailers have been offered an excessive amount of leverage. That pattern could be seen in MPD 2041 as properly,” Agarwal acknowledged.

“We are demanding more space for community requirements but DDA never provides us that. At the same, more than 200 amendments were made to MPD 2021 in order to provide relief to commercial establishments,” he stated.

At current, varied teams are learning the provisions below MPD 2041 draft coverage intimately. They will ship their recommendations inside 45 days. After that, DDA will look into all of the objections and recommendations earlier than releasing a remaining notified imaginative and prescient doc for the following 20 years.

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