Delhi’s Master Plan 2041
- The Delhi Development Authority has given its preliminary approval to the draft Master Plan for Delhi 2041.
- The draft is now in the public domain for objections and suggestions from citizens, after which it will be enforced.
A master plan of any city is like a vision document by the planners and the land-owning agency of the city, which gives a direction to the future development.
It includes analysis, recommendations, and proposals keeping in mind the population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, and land use.
The draft of the Master Plan for Delhi 2041 comprises two volumes and 22 chapters, which seeks to “foster a sustainable, liveable and vibrant Delhi by 2041”.
The first volume is an introduction, providing an overview of Delhi in present times, its global and regional positioning, estimates of population, and projections for 2041.
The draft MPD presents a plan for the city for the next 20 years.
Tackle environmental pollution
- The draft plan aims to minimize vehicular pollution through key strategies, including a switch to greener fuels for public transport and adoption of mixed-use of transit-oriented development (also known as TOD).
- It also addresses improving the quality of water, which is taken from the Yamuna river as well as various lakes, natural drains, and baolis.
- The draft lays a clear boundary of the buffer zone near the Yamuna river and explores how to develop it.
- As per the plan, a green buffer of 300-meter width shall be maintained wherever feasible along the entire edge of the river
Difference between Master Plan 2041 & 2021 Master Plan
- The world has gone through a drastic change due to the pandemic, and the growing population has led to shrinking spaces and unemployment.
- The Master Plan 2041 aims to develop common community spaces to provide refuge spots, common kitchens, and quarantine space in an emergency.
- To improve the nighttime economy, the plan focuses on cultural festivals, bus entertainment, metro, sports facilities, and retail stores included in Delhi Development Authority (DDA)’s Night Life Circuit plan.
- It also proposes to reduce vulnerability to airborne epidemics through decentralized workspaces, mandatory creation of open areas, better habitat design, and green-rated developments to reduce dependence on mechanical ventilation systems.