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February 19, 2019

Re-Inventing Delhi — Delhi Master Plan 2041

New Delhi

New Delhi

New Delhi

Photo: Le Meridien, Connaught Place, New Delhi. Image Credit: Maciej Janiec.

New Delhi

Photo: The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, delivering the inaugural address at an International Conference on “Re-Inventing Delhi,” organized for preparation of “Master Plan of Delhi 2041,” in New Delhi on February 19, 2019.

New Delhi, February 19, 2019 — Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs, India, said that in the last few years a more holistic view of urban development has emerged. It focuses on replacing regulatory ‘control’ based environments with a more enabling ‘strategic’ planning framework, active citizen engagement, sustainable green growth principles, compact mixed-use planning of cities, and data-linked governance.

Mr. Puri was addressing a two-day International Conference on ‘Re-Inventing Delhi’ here today. He said the policies of the Government now focus on creating an environment that harnesses not just growth but ‘good growth.’

Mr. Puri said engagements in the preparation of the next planning blueprint for the city of Delhi would help in furthering a process of transformation that has already been initiated by the Government through several progressive policies and projects.

Mr, Puri pointed out that Delhi is symptomatic of the issues that plague metropolitan cities across India — unsustainable development, extreme traffic congestion, air pollution, the general degradation of the quality of urban space, and lack of adequate essential services like water supply.

He said the government policy is expected to create a large number of housing units that will cater to Delhi’s unmet housing demand in addition to becoming centers for new institutions, city level green spaces, commercial areas, cultural centers, and entertainment areas for citizens.

Mr. Puri stated that the government is incorporating conservation and judicious use of resources such as water as an integral part of all its new policies and projects. “This is not just a response to water scarcity in Delhi but symbolic of the original ethos of sustainable and environmentally responsible development we are teaching in the city,” he said.

Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra, in his address highlighted the importance of ensuring a quality life for the citizens in any future planning. He said the Master Plan for Delhi 2041 must take into account the need for public spaces, a cleaner environment, water and biodiversity conservation, slum re-development, safety, and maximizing the potential of Delhi heritage and history. Mr. Mishra emphasized on the need to de-congest the city.

Lt. Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, said Delhi Master Plan 2041 must take into account sustainable environment, citizen engagement in planning at local level, universal accessibility, zero waste mechanism, efficient energy use, and constant monitoring and review.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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