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Master Plan should have both short and long term planning

The suggestions of Dikshit also constitute the action plan of the Govt and its vision for city, reports Amitabh Shukla.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 21:10 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said the Master Plan 2021 should have both short and long term planning for the development of the city. In the short term, it should have solution to the sealing and demolition drive and in the long term it should have a vision to make Delhi a global city.

The CM was replying to an 11-hour debate in the Delhi Assembly on the MPD-2021. She suggested several modifications and changes in the draft. "These will be sent to the Centre for follow-up action," added Urban Development Minister AK Walia.

The suggestions of Dikshit also constitute the action plan of the government and its vision for the city. The CM said there should be a vertical growth of the city and a renewed thrust has to be given to the cooperative group housing society movement. "This will make available quality and cheaper mass housing," she added.

She came down heavily on the duplication of work between MCD and DDA. "The demarcation of work should be done," added Dikshit. Pointing towards the failures of the DDA, she said so far it has managed to achieve only 16 per cent of its target. She asked DDA to convert all single storey markets into double storey so that more space is available to the traders.

In a bid to tackle the ceiling issue, Dikshit asked for the inclusion of more trades in the permissible list. For housing, the CM wanted a mapping of vacant land in the city so that a proper planning could be done.

The marathon debate on MPD concluded with 48 legislators of Congress, BJP and NCP participating in offering solutions. Cutting across party lines, the MLAs tore apart the MPD and said this did not offer any solution to the problems faced by the people.

Congress MLA Mukesh Sharma said the chapter on unauthorised colonies which talks of "redevelopment" by demolition should be deleted from the MPD. "This is a policy matter of the government and should be regularised as per the 1977 policy," he said.

Sharma wanted that certain provisions like transport in which the Centre has sought to interfere in the affairs of the Delhi government should be done away with, shops be allowed in DDA flats and the definition of "professionals" should be enlarged to include all consultants.

BJP’s Saheb Singh Chauhan termed the MPD as the "death warrant" of Delhiites and suggested a complete overhaul. Party’s state chief Harsh Vardhan said the proposals will destroy the social facilities like education, health, housing and employment. Congress MLA Brahmpal wanted a revision of the MPD every 3 years and full statehood for Delhi as solutions. Another MLA Anil Bhardwaj said no schools should be allowed to close down.

The government resolution on early implementation of MPD and incorporation of suggestions of the legislators was passed by a voice vote. "We will follow up the suggestions of the MLAs with the Centre for its inclusion in the MPD," Walia said.

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