Chapters on environment, transportation added to MPD 2021

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 21:02

New Delhi: The Master Plan Delhi 2021 is nearing completion as the advisory committee headed by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today cleared the inclusion of two separate chapters on environment and transportation, a DDA official said.

"After a marathon three-hour meet, the advisory committee has cleared the inclusion of the chapters on environment and transportation in the Delhi Master Plan," DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar told PTI.

"Now, both chapters will go to public for objection and suggestion. These two chapters were left as most of our work is done, and therefore we think, now the Delhi Master Plan, should be ready in the next two months," Kumar said.

The Lt Governor of Delhi is also the chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, the urban body which prepares the Master Plan for the capital city.

Talking on the Master Plan, Kumar said, "Transport Corridor and Metro Corridor have been discussed in it and we are also discussing Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) in such areas, that is, to take up development activities closer to transportation facilities."

On the land use, the Master Plan will also see a new concept of "land pooling" as against just "land acquisition", so as to "increase the partnership" of farmers with the DDA, a senior DDA official said on condition of anonymity.

"Earlier, farmers would get compensation for the land acquired from them. But now, in this Master Plan, a group of farmers, who own lands contiguous to each other, can pool them together into a unit as a landholder consortium, and apply to DDA as that consortium, after which, DDA will keep a certain percentage of the land and the rest can be used by the consortium for their own development work," the official said.

"More than 100 amendments had to be done to the Plan after we invited public objections," the official said.


First Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 21:02

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