Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath has said vertical growth in the Capital can only be carried out in new areas and not in those that are already developed.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had recently expressed reservations on allowing high-rise buildings in the city,saying availability of basic infrastructure should be ensured first.
Agreeing with the Chief Minister,Kamal Nath told Newsline: One of the major problems in the city is providing civic amenities. For this reason,vertical growth cannot be carried out in existing areas. It can only take place in newly developed areas. For instance,vertical growth can happen in areas beyond Dwarka. But you have to ensure proper infrastructure before you go vertical.
He suggested a debate among experts to ascertain if vertical growth in the city is a viable option.
Whether the city should grow horizontally or vertically can only be decided through a debate among experts. Horizontal growth has its own merits,while vertical growth will ensure that there is space for development of parks,community centres,roads,etc. How else can you create space for these amenities? The most appropriate model for the city can only be developed like this, he said.
On the ongoing review of the Master Plan,Kamal Nath said the revision was aimed at providing for the phenomenal increase in population.
I have asked the DDA to ensure that 1 lakh housing for EWS (economically weaker section) should be constructed per year. In situ development should take place in already developed areas. Large-scale demolition of already developed areas that have been around for years,like Chandni Chowk,cannot be the solution. We need to make development and redevelopment plans for the old areas,ensuring partnership of people in the process, he said.
The Administrative Staff College of India,he said,is preparing a report on the need for structural changes in DDA to adapt and adopt to changing times. I have also discussed this issue with the Lt Governor. The DDA needs to be restructured and made more relevant to the planning needs of the city. It also has to be made people-friendly, Kamal Nath said.