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DUAC sets sights on old Delhi

At an exhibition to be organised by the Delhi Urban Art Commission next month, professionals like planners, architects, geographists, social scientists and activists will present their vision of Delhi as a modern livable city.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 01:54 IST

At an exhibition to be organised by the Delhi Urban Art Commission next month, professionals like planners, architects, geographists, social scientists and activists will present their vision of Delhi as a modern livable city.

Exhibition co-ordinator and faculty member of School of Planning Architecture, K T Ravindran, told the HT: "Each task force working on different aspects of urban life has representatives from local agencies. We hope that they will play a key role in translating the vision into reality," Ravindran said.

The exhibition is being organised under the chairmanship of Charles Correa as a step towards promoting "participative development" of the city. Another interesting project taken up by one of the task forces is the redevelopment of the old mill areas in North Delhi (including Jaipuria Mills and Birla Mills) in an aesthetic way rather than being treated in a piecemeal fashion.

A number of old areas in North Delhi can be redeveloped with the historic Roshanara Bagh as the focal point. At present, the historic park named after Shahjahan's daughter lies in a state of disrepair and is hardly visible from the road.

The head of the North Delhi Task Force, Ashok Lall, said the task force is working on reintegrating the surroundings of Roshanara Garden as a "revitalised destination".

There are 100 to 200 year old havelis on the stretch between Pul Bangash Metro station and Ghanta Ghar, apart from key landmarks like Roshanara Palace. The abandoned mill lands are “negative urban voids” amid dense residential and commercial structures.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 01:54 IST