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DDA receives 2,000 suggestions on how to improve Delhi

delhi Updated: May 30, 2012 01:11 IST
Sidhartha Roy

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) completed the process of receiving suggestions — numbering more than 2,000 — from Delhiites on the amendment of Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021 on Tuesday.

These suggestions will be studied by an expert committee and then incorporated in the MPD, which is under review. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/30_05_pg8a.jpg

The MPD was notified in 2007 with a provision for review in five years. The DDA had invited suggestions from Delhiites on changes in the MPD, which would decide how the Capital should grow in the next decade.

The land development agency has held five open houses this month for north, south, central, west and east zones of the city, including the last open house on Tuesday for east Delhi and Yamuna river zone. All the suggestions have been uploaded on the DDA website.

The suggestions will be studied by an apex advisory body of DDA. The DDA will also consider the amendments recommended by the various management groups. The amendments approved by the authority will be submitted to the Urban Development Ministry for further processing and incorporation in MPD.

At all the open houses held by DDA, the biggest concerns raised by the residents were about lack of parking space, encroachment and congestion, growing commercialisation in the city and the need for more playgrounds.

Similar sentiments echoed in the open house organised on Tuesday with residents from IP Extension demanding underground parking lots to be built beneath parks. The resident welfare associations also complained about the growing congestion in the area.

Residents from Mayur Vihar said that the area suffers from major parking problems and DDA should change land use of the vacant plots to turn them into parking lots. Some residents of Budh Vihar, which houses the popular Tibetan market, requested that the area should be marked for mixed land use.

Residents of villages in Badarpur Khadar said that since it comes under the Zone O of MPD, earmarked as Yamuna river bed, they are unable to do any alteration in their houses even though land had been allotted to them in 1984.