The Capital will soon have a policy for transit-oriented development (TOD), which would mean intense mixed land use development along Metro corridors.
The policy is being prepared by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC).
A series of 25 workshops have been planned during March and April to thrash out modalities and scrutinise drafts by public and private agencies, stakeholders, experts and public at large.
The workshop series was launched on Thursday by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, who is also the DDA chairman. Once adopted, the TOD policy will be applicable to all the Metro influence zones of the city, an area that amounts to about 19% of Delhi, taking into account Metro’s Phases I, II and III.
There are plans to involve the private sector in development of the influence zones to ensure availability of affordable housing, wider choice of commercial establishments and adequate social amenities.
The workshops will focus on themes such as visualising TOD, economic feasibility and market testing, sustainable infrastructure, incentivising redevelopment, effective parking, sustainable transport infrastructure, strategy for rolling out TOD among others.
During the launch, Khanna said Delhi has seen massive infrastructure development during the 2010 Commonwealth Games but there are still many areas which are under severe stress mode and therefore, greater micro-planning, development and re-development is required.