Delhi’s new Master Plan should be made easy to understand: Kamal Nath

With an aim to do away with ‘inspector raj’ ,Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath said the new Delhi Master Plan should be made user-friendly and futuristic for the benefit of the common man.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2012 12:54 am

With an aim to do away with ‘inspector raj’ ,Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath said the new Delhi Master Plan should be made user-friendly and futuristic for the benefit of the common man. “Non user-friendly plan perpetuates ‘inspector raj’. As far as allowing high rises in the city was concerned,we should learn lessons from cities like New York,” he said.

“If we are making a Master Plan for the people. So it should be a Master Plan which any common man can understand. I have no hesitation in saying that we cannot have such a provision in the Master Plan which I myself don’t understand and I don’t know how other people will understand it. I have had three persons explaining it to me,it’s so complicated. Fifty pages later,there is a provision which negates an earlier provision. Its not user-friendly. Non-user friendly language and provisions will only perpetuate ‘inspector raj’,” Nath said.

The Minister was addressing a round-table on Review of Master Plan for Delhi-2021,organised by PHD Chamber on Thursday. Nath said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had received 1,900 suggestions from individuals,RWA’s and other organisations for the review of Master Plan for Delhi-2021,and these had been put up on the website of the civic agency.

DDA Vice-Chairman G S Patnaik,said: “We have gone for participatory planning. Many open houses will be held to discuss the Master Plan. DDA will promote green buildings and green zones. We are working on high-density residential areas.”

Talking about the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) laws,Nath said he had spoken to civic officials of New York about how they managed to build multi-storey buildings.”If NewYork can have high rises,why can’t we,’’ said Nath,who has been pushing for vertical growth in the city. “New York officials said FAR is not just a question of economy but is linked to development. In fact,higher FAR was allowed by them if people were building an amenity which would benefit many. Consequently,this helps develop the city further,’’ said Nath.

Speaking about the current review process of the Master Plan for Delhi,Nath said the planning process should take into account not just the past or present but also the future.

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