The final notification for the manual of Delhi’s development — Master Plan 2021–didn’t happen this year as well. Officials say the chapters on environment and transportation have been sent to the urban development ministry, which after hearing objections and suggestions–if any–will issue the final notification. It has missed five deadlines already–two last year and three this year.
This last leg of ratifying the master plan that is being prepared for the past seven years is likely to be completed by February or March next year.
Meanwhile, several notifications were issued this year for future development of the city. One of them is “transit-oriented development” (TOD). A TOD zone breaks away from the conventional model of city growth by creating a pedestrian-centric, open space where public transport is encouraged and every need from parks to hospitals and schools to groceries is brought within walking distance of one’s home. Spread over 74 acres, the Karkardooma TOD zone will be DDA’s first attempt to implement this concept. Parts of the project are 4,800 one and two-bedroom studio and service flats placed close to transit spots and a multi-storey commercial tower that could very well be Delhi’s highest. The authority is waiting for a final approval from the LG, chairperson of DDA.
Relevant changes were made in the master plan to promote green buildings in the city. For instance, 1-5% additional FAR has been approved for buildings certified as `green’ as well as for creation of natural conservation zones (NCZ) to maintain biodiversity parks, regional parks and Ridge area of the city . The amendments made to the master plan this year were aimed at checking unregulated growth and directing it towards a more sustainable model.
This was also the year when DDA offered its biggest housing scheme with 25,034 flats. Notably, around 95% of these flats were one room or two-room sets.Most of them were meant for economically weaker section.
The unveiling of Rs 260-crore Sarita Vihar underpass is another achievement of DDA though it has been drawing flak from people due to lack of appropriate U-turns, leading to huge snarls.
Source: Times of India
Dated: 30th December 2014