DDA still busy studying public’s suggestions
New Delhi, Jan. 31 (Delhi Crown): The proposed Master Plan of Delhi 2041 (MPD-2041), which was to be notified before Feb. 7, has been delayed by at least a couple of months, as the DDA is yet to go through and incorporate the comments/suggestions received from different sections of Delhiites.
According to a senior DDA official privy to the matter, the process of examining the comments/suggestions is still on, and that it will take at least two more months for the process to end.
“We have got several suggestions from elected representatives. This includes provision for mixed land use in plotted residential areas, increase in floor area ratio of both residential and commercial buildings, upgradation of physical infrastructure, increase in building heights, relaxation in parking norms, etc. We are examining all the suggestions/objections,” the official reportedly said.
The final draft will first be tabled in the DDA meeting, and subsequently sent to the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for approval and later for notification.
The draft MPD-2041 was put out in public on June 9 last year. The DDA had to extend the last date for comments on the Draft Plan by a month, from July to end-August, after several requests citing the pandemic and consequent restrictions.
The public hearing also had to be extended and eventually went on till end-November. There are a lot of discussions that have to be held before each chapter is finalised. It will take at least two more months to give it a final shape, according to a senior DDA official.
The MPD-2041 focuses on the regeneration of old areas (unauthorised colonies, urbanised villages), allowing mixed use development, providing affordable rental housing and small format housing, promoting walkability and non-motorised transport, development of green-blue (green spaces and waterfronts) infrastructure and corridors etc for sustainable development of the city.
For MPD-2041 the DDA has introduced new concepts and proposals to make Delhi a 24×7 city by promoting night-time economy and nightlife, increasing economic activities, allowing mixed development, especially in industrial areas, ensuring planned development of urban extensions etc.