The process of revising Delhi Master Plan-2021, which aims to define the future roadmap for development in the national capital, has taken a backseat with the model code of conduct in place until May 16, when the Lok Sabha poll results will be announced.
The whole exercise of updating the document has already missed several deadlines and could be delayed further till the year-end with Assembly elections likely to be held after the Lok Sabha elections.
“Meetings of management action groups, which analyses suggestions for the revision of the Delhi Master Plan-2021, are not being held because of the model code of conduct. Similarly, the Delhi Development Authority, which gives final approval to proposals related to amendments to the Master Plan, is also not being able to hold meetings,” a DDA official said.
The first deadline for coming up with a revised Master Plan was January this year, which was extended till March. “Now, work in this regard can only start after May 16,” the official said.
The process to review the document was taken up in September 2011. With more than two years gone, the changes in the vision document will be applicable for another six-seven years before a new Master Plan is notified for the next 20 years.
“Some changes such as redefining boundaries of areas have not made much headway. Proposals to shrink Zone-O (the Yamuna riverbed) and Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone have come to a standstill. The National Green Tribunal had issued orders to DDA, restraining it from redefining Zone-O, while a proposal to exclude areas such as Bengali Market, Golf Links and Sunder Nagar from LBZ zone (which will allow these places to grow vertically) was sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for consideration,” an official said.
According to sources, the review process may be further affected when a new government takes charge at the Centre and in the capital.
In all, 100 modifications are supposed to be made to the Master Plan, with a new chapter being added in MPD-2021 on transit-oriented development. The chapter on environment is also being re-drafted.
“All major modifications have already been cleared. But those related to land-use changes, allowing residential units in hotels and allowing residential development along urban extensions known as facility corridors, still need to be cleared,” the official said.
Meanwhile, DDA is also working on operationalising land-pooling policy, which aims at involving private parties in planning and developing land pockets with residential and commercial components.