DDA holds online meet with residents of plotted housing colonies – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Seeking to engage the public and stakeholder groups in the formulation of the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2041, a meeting was held on Thursday between DDA officials and several residents and representatives of resident welfare associations (RWAs) of plotted housing colonies.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), is currently preparing the Master Plan for Delhi 2041.

The day-long public consultation with residents and RWAs of plotted housing colonies of Delhi was held on WebEx online platform, in three batches, from 11 AM onwards. Around 120 people and RWAs had registered through emails and the meeting was also attended by senior officers from DDA and NIUA, a senior DDA official said.

The meeting was chaired by Leenu Sahgal, Commissioner (Planning), and H K Bharti, Additional Commissioner (Planning) in the DDA.

“Participants were requested to share their suggestions towards improving built environment and civic facilities and other planning concerns pertaining to these colonies such as connectivity and linkages with public transport,” the DDA said in statement.

The main concerns highlighted by participants were about disconnected sewerage and road network, encroachment in unused land parcels, air pollution and parking management, it said.

A common concern expressed by most participants was regarding conflicts between commercial and residential uses and issues arising from mixed land use, the urban body said.



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Old colonies to see ‘regeneration’ in Delhi master plan 2041 – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: One of the key focus areas of the upcoming Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2041 will be the ‘regeneration’ of the capital, in more ways than one. Residential areas that came up half-a-century ago, apart from old commercial complexes, would see redevelopment as part of the plan.

Delhi Development Authority is preparing the MPD 2041, which will be a vision document for the city, in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). DDA has recently started a massive public outreach through online meetings, as the authority wants the future growth of the city to be more ‘organic’ and based on ground realities.

“There are some colonies where homes built 40 to 60 years ago had single-floor houses and where Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is available. When the colonies were made, the FAR was 1.33 but is 2 now and if those in old houses decide, we will provide support,” DDA’s vice-chairman Anurag Jain told TOI, adding that the concept of regeneration would be applicable to many other areas, including redeveloping commercial complexes like Nehru Place and Bhikaji Cama Place, on which DDA is already working.

“Earlier, it was said if your home is in the middle of a market you can’t have peaceful sleep but now you have access to new ways of living. You don’t need to earmark separate plots for these and on the same plot, there can be a vertical mix. You can have offices on lower floors and residential area in the top floor,” Jain said. “Mixed land use will help in improving walkability but it has to be done following all norms and guidelines,” he added.

The concept Walkability, in fact, is another important focus area of the upcoming MPD, Jain said. “If you can walk to work, to the Delhi Metro station or other facilities, your dependence on other modes of transport will go down. The concepts of Transit Oriented Development and mixed land use are part of the overall focus on improving walkability.”

“Safe walking, which includes the concept of ‘eyes on the street,’ will be built in. For instance, shops on ground floor will face streets so that their lighting further lightens up the streets,” he said.

“We are also thinking of a Blue Green policy. If filtered and treated water flow instead of sewage and we create a green strip around it, it will add to the value of the property there,” Jain said.

The policy aims at treating drain water and storm water and then improving the area along these drains as green areas.

“We are pushing for some major new changes in the MPD and the provisions will come up very clearly in the MPD 2041. However, if we can start some things, we will implement them by amending the MPD 2021. Why should we wait for MPD 2041 to come officially?” he added.



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DDA holds online meet for Delhi master plan 2041 – ET RealEstate

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NEW DELHI: Seeking to engage the public and stakeholder groups in the formulation of the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2041, a meeting was held on Wednesday between DDA officials and several residents and representatives of RWAs of unauthorised colonies, officials said.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), is currently preparing the Master Plan for Delhi 2041.

The day-long public consultation with residents and RWAs of unauthorised colonies of Delhi was held on the WebEx online platform in three batches from 11 am onwards.

Around 120 people and RWAs had registered through emails, and the meeting was also attended by senior officers from the DDA and the NIUA, a senior DDA official said.

The meeting was chaired by Leenu Sehgal, Commissioner (Planning), and Neeraj Bharti, Commissioner (Land Pooling) of the DDA.

The officers shared details of the PM-UDAY Scheme and application process to be followed by property owners in unauthorised colonies of Delhi. The participants were requested to share their suggestions towards the registration process as well as give ideas towards area improvement and redevelopment in unauthorised colonies, the officials said.

The concerns highlighted by the participants were mainly about the lack of access to basic services of water and sanitation and other facilities in their localities, the DDA said.

“Other issues raised by the participants included legality of their properties, narrow access roads, congestion, conflicts between commercial and residential uses, quality of drinking water, waterlogging. A common concern expressed by most participants was regarding vulnerability and risks related to disasters such as fire, earthquakes,” an official said.

All participants expressed readiness to cooperate with government agencies to improve and regularise their colonies.

The DDA public portal is open to all residents of Delhi to share their views for the future of the city that will become part of a larger vision and strategy for MPD-2041, the official added.



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