Master Plan 2001

Brief Description

  • The MPD-1962 was prepared with a perspective of 20 years i.e. upto 1981. Based on the experience of the plan and to cater to the increasing population & changing requirements of the city upto year 2001, extensive modifications to MPD-1962 were made under Section 11-A of the DD Act and the Master Plan for Delhi – 2001 was prepared by inhouse professionals of DDA.
  • The modified plan, MPD-2001 was approved by the GOI and promulgated on 1-8-90.

Salient Features:

  • Delhi to be planned as an integral part of its region
  • Ecological balance to be maintained.
  • The central city area to be treated as “Special Area”.
  • Urban heritage of Delhi to be conserved.
  • The city center to be decentralized.
  • The urban development to be low rise-high density.
  • Urban development to be hierarchical.


  • The Master Plan of Delhi – 2001 projected population of 128 lacs.
  • The plan proposed urbanization of further 18000 – 24000 ha. to accomodate the additional population in urban extension areas like Dwarka, Rohini and Narela sub cities.
  • In addition to above the holding capacity of MPD 1962 urban area was increased through the process of low rise high density development.
  • The central city area (walled city and its extension and Karol Bagh) to be treated as special areas with appropriate regulations.
  • The city center to be decentralized, development of district centers, frieght complexes and directional terminals etc.
  • Mass Transportation System to be Multi Modal e.g. MRTS, Ring Rail and Road based public transportation system.
  • Urban development to be hierarchical containing essential facilities e.g. housing clusters, housing area, neighborhood, community and district.

In addition, MPD-2001 introduced the following new concepts for further detailing at Zonal Plan Level.

  • Mixed Use
  • Pedestrianization
  • Urban Design & Policy on Tall Buildings
  • Environment
  • Heritage Conservation


  • Wider variety of housing types.
  • Development of new urban integration projects such as Rohini, Dwarka and Narela.
  • Shelter facilities to over 10.0 lakh families.
  • About 2.8 lakh squatters families provided accommodation.
  • 21 districts centers planned.
  • About 2600 ha industrial area developed.
  • MRTS network planned to bring much needed connectivity.
  • About 5000 ha area under greens developed at various levels.
  • Land fill sites converted into large greens such as Indraprastha Park.
  • 14 sports centers developed for variety of sports activities.

Guiding Principles:

  • Effective development of NCR to contain the rapid population growth was proposed.
  • Restricted mixed use was permitted.
  • Selective densificaion of urban areas except Lutyens Bungalow Zone.
  • Detailed industrial policy and parameters prescribed keeping in view of NCR framework.

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