Policy Update: DDA Approves Draft Delhi Master Plan (2041) and Invites Citizens' Feedback

Delhi Master Plan Jun 9, 2021

About the Master Plan

The Third Five-Year Plan defines the Master Plan as a ‘statutory instrument for controlling, directing and promoting sound and rational development and redevelopment of an urban area with a view to achieving maximum economic, social and aesthetic benefits’. It is a document used by the competent authority in each city to demarcate zones in their respective cities and assign land-uses to them.

One of the objectives of undertaking such demarcation is to prevent irreconcilable land-uses from co-existing. For instance, if a heavy industry is established near a residential area, it may end up jeopardising the health of the neighbourhood. Of late, however, there is a considerable push to bring in a mixed-use approach to planning. It is claimed that such an approach would allow for a more holistic development of the city. For instance, the setting up of grocery shops in the vicinity of a residential area would benefit both the shop-keepers and residents. Many Master Plans including the Delhi Master Plan (DMP), have made provisions for Mixed Use.

In Delhi, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is in charge of formulating the Master Plan.

Process of Master Plan formulation

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) issued the ‘Urban and Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines’ first in 1996 and then 2014, to recommend an overall process of plan formulation in urban areas. The Master Plan formulation process involves considerable back and forth between DDA officials, citizens, experts, activists, and private entities. Registering feedback to improve the Master Plan before it is notified is vital to the planning process.

Giving feedback on the Master Plan of 2041

The DDA gave the Draft DMP preliminary approval in April, 2021. It also launched the ‘citizen engagement portal for MPD 2041’. The portal is now live and inviting feedback from citizens.

  • Register yourself on the portal using your mobile number and email id
  • Log in using the OTP sent on your registered mobile number
  • You will be able to see all the sections of the Draft DMP. You can register your specific comments or objections by clicking on the relevant section of the Plan

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