In the headlines this year

Promises have been made,and 2012 will show if they are kept. Express Newsline lists changes that Delhi will see this year.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 1, 2012 1:21 am

Back to planning

The process of reviewing and revising Delhi’s Master Plan has officially begun. A reviewed MPD-21,which promises to take into account Delhi’s “ground realities”,will be ready this year.

Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has said the revision has been planned keeping in mind the 2011 Census,and the ground realities that are going to change over the next 30 years.

While the minister has said that vertical growth is the only answer to Delhi’s problems,he has made it clear that demolition of existing structures is not possible — something that the current MPD proposes,with changes in land use.

The movement on revising the Master Plan could also save several illegal marketplaces that have existed for several years in Delhi. As per the revision,high-rise residential buildings and commercial complexes will be created along the Metro corridors in the city.

Delhi’s vote for better civic governance

Delhiites frustrated with municipal services and years of civic neglect can hope for better days when the monolithic Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be split into three smaller municipalities.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said this will bring municipal governance closer to people’s doorstep as the new units will service smaller areas and will focus on issues specific to the area they service.

The file containing the President’s assent for the split is now with Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna’s office and is expected to reach the government next week,following which the government will notify the three new municipalities.

“This will pave the way for the Capital’s first civic elections for three municipal agencies. The State Election Commission is expected to declare the dates for the elections in February,and the elections will be held in the first fortnight of April,” a senior government official said.

Parking wows

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has planned 42 parking lots across the city. As per MCD Engineering department records,22 conventional parking lots,14 automated multi-level parking facilities and two stack parking areas are in the offing.

Automated multi-level parking lots will come up at Mandelia Chowk Kamla Nagar (capacity of 828), South Ext Part I and II (1,600 cars),GK-I (1,200),Lajpat Nagar (500),Defence Colony (550),Lakar Mandi in Kirti Nagar (700),Karol Bagh (400),Karampura (2,200) and Lajpat Nagar Hospital (400).

The New Delhi Municipal Council has planned two automated multi-level parkings lots.

The multi-level parking facility at Sarojini Nagar market,with a capacity of 824 vehicles,opened in November last year.

Trials are on for a similar facility at Baba Kharag Singh Marg. This will have nine floors and a capacity for 1,408 vehicles.

High road to Agra

The much-awaited Yamuna Expressway project,which was initially slated for inauguration in December,will open to public in January. The 165-kilometre stretch,also known as the Taj Expressway,is expected to be used by over 1,00,000 vehicles every day,and will cut down travel time between Noida and Agra by more than 30 per cent. The highway currently has six lanes,which will be extended to eight in the near future. The Expressway will have CCTV cameras at a distance of every 5 km and a highway patrol at every 25 km.

Gurgaon’s own Metro

The construction of the five-kilometre Metro system in the Millennium City — Rapid Metrorail Gurgaon — has already begun. The Metro will have six stations catering to the expected ridership of 2 lakh passengers per day.

The testing and commissioning for the project will begin by May,and commercial operations will start by the first quarter of 2013.

The construction started in July 2010 and almost 40 per cent of the civil work has been completed.

The total cost of the project is Rs 1,088 crore. IL&FS group companies are the main promoters of this project.

Quenching thirst

The water shortage problem is expected to lessen as Delhi hopes to get extra raw water of 80 million gallons every day to run the three new water treatment plants — 40 MGD at Dwarka,20 MGD at Okhla,and 20 MGD at Bawana — which will be commissioned by April 2012.

Though the water sharing dispute between Delhi and Haryana has not ended yet,despite the intervention of the Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram,Delhi Jal Board CEO Ramesh Negi said the agency will again seek help of the Prime Minister’s Office in resolving the issue.

A pumping station is also being constructed at Wazirabad to lift water from Munak for the Okhla WTP. A similar provision is being made in Iradatnagar and Narela to supply water to the Dwarka and Bawana WTPs. Once functional,the parched sub-city of Dwarka will finally get sufficient water supply.

Additionally,to bring down the level of untreated sewerage in Yamuna,Delhi’s sewage treatment capacity would increase by over 150 million gallons a day with the commissioning of five new sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Keshopur,Yamuna Vihar,Kondli,Nilothi and Papankalan.

On the fast lane

Work on 12 more Bus Rapid Transit corridors will shift in top gear. The construction has been divided between Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) and Public Works Department (PWD).

While DIMTS has submitted the preliminary project report for its six BRT corridors to the government,PWD is in the process of hiring consultants for their corridors. The consultants will be hired by January-end.

The six corridors being handled by DIMTS include — Dhaula Kuan to Chawla,Badarpur to Airport,ISBT Kashmere Gate to Dilshad Garden,Gandhi Nagar to Chilla,Kondli to Mukunpur and Gokulpuri to Karkari Mor.

The total length of these corridors is 97 km.

Meanwhile,PWD claims that it will hire consultants for its six corridors by January-end. “We will give the consultants six months to prepare detailed project reports. The estimates for these corridors will be prepared thereafter. Work will start after all these formalities are completed,” said a PWD official.

The total length of the corridors under PWD is 105 km. The longest corridor that is to be taken up by the civic body is the 29-km-long Mukundpur to Palam More corridor.

Admission reforms

The Delhi University hopes to correct the trend of cut-offs touching 100 per cent,for admission to certain under-graduate courses.

A 16-member committee of principals is deliberating on reforming the admissions process. The committee’s mandate includes reviewing the changes made to the admission process last year,when admission forms were eradicated,as well as making recommendations to prevent irregularities like fake admissions in the next season.

The committee has only met once so far,and is expected to submit its recommendations before March 2012. Among the proposals floated is the centralisation of all under-graduate admissions in DU,as well as taking the entire process online,starting next season. But nothing is final yet.

“The use of technology to centralise the process has been suggested,but this is fraught with operational difficulties. All options are being kept open and more meeting are to be held,” said Dr S K Garg,convenor of the committee.

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