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To improve Master Plan 2021, DDA officials fly to Germany, Paris

Officials to collect inputs on best practices for two new chapters in the master plan.

To improve on two new chapters — environment and public transport — in Delhi Master Plan 2021 review process, two Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials and an additional secretary to Lt-Governor are being sent to Paris and Germany on June 28, for six days.

Confirming this, DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said, “Additional commissioner (planning) S P Pathak, additional commissioner (landscape) Savita Bhandari and additional secretary to Lt-Governor Swati Sharma are the team members. The cost of the trip will be borne by the DDA.’’

According to sources, both chapters, for which international expertise is being sought, are almost complete.

“These chapters are being rewritten and we want to ensure that international practices are included before they are finalised. For instances, the officials will looks at how non-motorised vehicles (NMV) lanes can be developed to promote cycling. So we chose France and Germany as they conform to the best standards as far as these two disciplines are concerned,’’ said a DDA official.

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“The officials will leave on June 28, and the trip is expected to last six days. The officials will tie up with government agencies and local bodies which deal with matters relating to public transport and landscaping in the two countries in an effort to learn from them,’’ Kumar said.

The review of Delhi Master Plan 2021, which began in September 2011, aims to define the roadmap for development in the capital.
The changes in the vision document will be applicable for another six to seven years before a new Master Plan is notified for the next 20 years.

“The entire exercise of updating the document has already missed several deadlines. About 120 modifications have been made to the existing master plan. A lot of the inputs for new chapters on transport and environment have already been given by experts from the two respective fields,’’ the official said.

Last June, the DDA had decided to send a six- to seven-member delegation “to study low-cost housing models in the US and the UK’’.This team was to primarily consist of political leaders from both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.This trip was, however, cancelled later.