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Delhi Master Plan to be revised next year

Rapid changes in the city and newer challenges will lead to the revision of Delhi Master Plan 2021 next year. Union urban development minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said “ground realities” and the fact that there are provisions of reviewing the plan every five years have necessitated the move.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2011 00:36 IST
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Rapid changes in the city and newer challenges will lead to the revision of Delhi Master Plan 2021 next year. Union urban development minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said “ground realities” and the fact that there are provisions of reviewing the plan every five years have necessitated the move. Master Plan Delhi 2021 was implemented in 2007 and will complete the stipulated five years in 2012.

“The issue of mushrooming unauthorised colonies in Delhi is a result of a flawed master plan, around 60% of which is irrelevant. We will revise the plan by next year,” said Nath. He added that it was easy to draft a plan in air-conditioned rooms but the reality was far away from it.

Talking at length on the issue of Capital’s unauthorised colonies and markets, Nath said the new master plan will have to be firm in removing encroachments on public property while looking into the practical aspect of removing people who have shops in those markets since 40 to 50 years. In the interest of such cases, the minister hinted that Delhi Special Laws Provision Act may be extended to include safeguards.

Slamming the present master plan, the minister said, "If the plan had been correctly made, then those illegal constructions in the last 50 years would not have been there.”

On the issue of sealing Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, he said, “There are two issues. One is of safety and another is of those who have carried out illegal construction in the past five years. There are certain norms to be followed to prevent mishaps in markets. If those shops do not meet these norms, then they won’t be allowed to come up.”

AK Jain, former Commissioner of Delhi Development Authority (Planning) said that DDA has already begun the process of revision of the master plan. “The old master plan needs a review and needs new policies for housing, water supply, conservation and sewerage etc,” he said.