Would Delhi actually connect?

Nancy Singh

There seems to be some buzz and serious intent being exemplified by the multitude of agencies under the Delhi administration. Irrespective of the various resistances, the Delhi plans, IF THEY GO AS UNDER PLAN, seems to take the Delhi “Megapolis” dreams forward.

After the announcement of the 2 SEZs in Baprola village of Delhi, comes the news of the Intent of the authorities to enact the similar development plans of the growth centres planned under Kanjhawla & chhawla. Kanjhawla in fact seems to be already off the block with the first phase of the Bus Terminus already completed, and the administration and mechanical blocks under construction.

It doesn’t take “3 Idiots” from the premier engineering institutes to figure out that while it’s easier to plan real estate on paper, it would be a gargantuan task to implement the allied services on the ground. Specially, when it comes to the touchy subject of linking the unauthorised & resettlement colonies, providing water, sewerage, electricity and roads towards them.

The announcement of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) about their intent to immediately roll out a Vision 2021 for the services under their domain, and aligning them to the Delhi master plan MPD 2021 is indeed a welcome sign.

Officials said the Jal Board will now look at altering its plan to include vision 2021. It has already shortlisted eight consultant companies, out of 23 that submitted ‘expressions of interest’, they added.

“The eight companies have been issued ‘request for proposal’ and the bids would be announced on December 21. Work would then be awarded to the selected company for preparation of a sewerage master plan for Delhi,” said the DJB Additional CEO Santosh Vaidya.

The DJB’s mandate has now tripled: extended to rural, unauthorised, and resettlement colonies of Delhi.

The new sewerage master plan would look into three basic areas of operation: New sewer lines into hitherto coverage areas like Outer Delhi specially the areas next to Rohini, Dwarka etc., alignment of existing network of trunk sewers and internal sewers with existing sewerage treatment plants, and a wastewater policy for the use of treated effluent.

“Besides providing sewerage solutions for the city, the selected company will also prepare a detailed wastewater policy for the use of effluent,” Vaidya said.

The fact to ponder is the various agencies already announcing their plans. If they all roll out, especially, with the government talking about single window clearances for all such projects, Delhi surely would roll out the carpet for the real estate developers & investors to reap their rewards over the next 2-5 years.

Keeping the fingers crossed.

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