With an aim to turn Delhi into a “world-class” city, the government has planned to amend the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Act to bring in new urban policies. The announcement was made by Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu while handing out letters to successful allottees of the 2014 DDA housing scheme.
Besides announcing that Delhi will be the first smart city of the 100 planned in India, Naidu said that a committee will be formed under Additional Secretary, Urban Development, to plan the redevelopment of commercial and residential areas — including Khan market and Meherchand market.
“We want to make Delhi a truly global city, having modern amenities and facilities which are there in other global cities like London or San Francisco. We want to have world-class entertainment venues like Disneyland or Universal Studios… We want to make Delhi a smart city along the lines of Barcelona in Spain. Barcelona has also promised technological support to aid us in this effort,” he said.
Elaborating on the idea of a smart city — which is slated to have world-class infrastructure, 24-hour water supply and green technology concepts — Naidu said the land for this will be acquired through land-pooling.