New Delhi, Aug. 2 -- The process of reviewing the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021, which will decide how the capital should grow in the next decade, has started gathering steam.
The review of the master plan, which was scheduled to begin in February, started in mid-April. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) started inviting suggestions from different Resident Welfare Associations, market associations and general public in May this year.
While hundreds of suggestions poured in, DDA's next job was to scrutinise and segregate them under different heads such as housing, infrastructure etc. The DDA has formed 11 different expert 'management groups' to study the suggestions.
On Wednesday, DDA invited about 50 representatives of different RWAs, market associations and other groups for detailed discussions.
Rajiv Kakria of the Greater Kailash I RWA suggested a check on mushrooming guesthouses in residential areas, curbing the category of professionals allowed to work from residential areas and allowing only those people to run shops from residential premises who live there.
"I was invited at the last moment... the process could have been managed better," he said.
Satinder Wadhwa of the GK 1 main road traders association said the 20 square metre shops allowed in residential areas should be allowed to expand to 50 square metres. "The list of shops that are allowed should also be expanded from selling things of daily use to mobile shops, shoe stores, utensil shops etc.
"The recommendations of the management groups would be put before an advisory committee, which would then present it to the authority for approval," said a senior DDA official who didn't wish to be identified.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.