Work has begun on a dream township in north Delhi that promises to be a greener and better place to live in than Dwarka, Noida or Gurgaon.
The township, which will be home to 19 lakh people, will have an amusement park like the Appu Ghar, six picnic spots, a golf course and a first of its kind city park besides other facilities, according to a zonal plan of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) cleared on Wednesday.
The city park will have museums, art galleries, libraries, auditoriums, a concert hall, an open-air theatre and a conventional hall with facilities for dance, drama and theatre.
The draft plan, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, also makes provisions for an international fair and exhibition ground three times the size of Pragati Maidan.
For connectivity, a Metro link has been proposed from Jahangirpuri to Signature Bridge and through Burari Road to Holambi Kalan. It will connect the existing station at Rithala (Rohini). Besides, approach roads up to 100-metre wide have been planned.
The township will also have a university, 10 colleges, a medical college, two 300-bed hospitals, a knowledge park, an IT park and four district sports centres.
“The zonal plan clearly makes north Delhi the happening place. Most of the major developmental activity and urban housing is slated to take place here under public-private partnership,” Jile Singh Chauhan, member of the DDA board that cleared the plan, told HT. “The action in Delhi would be in the north.”
Development would take place over 8,194 hectare bounded by Haryana in the north, Yamuna in the east, NH-1 in the west and Outer Ring Road in the south. Of the total area, 1,924 hectare will be reserved for greenery.
The township is part of the Master Plan 2001-2021.
Interestingly, it is the same place the British planned to make their Capital before shifting to Raisina Hills. The plan for the area, where the Coronation Pillar was laid in 1911, was abandoned by the British as the area was considered too low lying.