The master plan of Delhi 2041 is a blueprint of the planning that needs to be done for sustainable development of the city and the people for the next two decades. The final draft of the plan is to be released by the end of this year.
After the preliminary approval of the draft from the advisory board of Delhi Development authority (DDA) headed by Anil Baijal, it was released for the public opinion on June 9th, 2021, for 45 days. This has in turn led to a lot of debates among the residents of different civil society groups.
In view of the ongoing debates on the draft Master Plan -2041, the Central government also directed the DDA to extend the last date for receiving public suggestions to August 23rd, 2021.
The board has also received several suggestions such as development of children friendly mobility, crèche options and feeding rooms. The availability of such options will ensure a higher rate of participation of women in workforce.
Commenting on the ongoing debate, Vice Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Mr. Anurag Jain said that the plan will be completed by the end of the year.
“There were numerous challenges in preparing the MPD-2041. All the earlier master plans of Delhi, including the current Master Plan of Delhi-2021, were finalized after the stipulated time. However, MPD-2041 has been prepared within the stipulated time frame, despite the delay due to the Covid pandemic,” Mr. Jain told the agencies.
Adding further, Mr. Anurag Jain said that “Authorities are presently reviewing all the suggestions received from different sections of people. The recommendations and issues raised will be presented before the advisory council of DDA for discussion. The suggestion received are valuable as MPD-2041 will be a guiding document for the development of the city and growth of its people.”
He also informed that authorities are quite hopeful, and MPD- 2041 will be finalized by the end of December 2021.
The planning work for the draft MPD-2041 began in July 2017, right after the DDA inked the pact with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).
The 487-page draft entails a plan for 24-hour city, night-time economy, affordable housing, and transport infrastructure along with the policies of government, economy, health, and other pertinent parameters. The master plan also focusses to enhance sustainability and tap into the unutilised potential of Delhi.