The New Master plan for Delhi involves strategic thinking to evaluate planning paradigms to potentially re-invent the perception of smart city, which involves beginning of planning at local level leading into zonal and finally feeding into the overall master plan.

Delhi’s SMART CITY Master Plan 2041 is expected to focus on walkability, street infrastructure, sustainability, quality public transport, redevelopment and is expected to be integrated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data on air pollution, transportation and even address the city’s biggest concern on how to regulate unauthorised colonies.

Most important, it is expected to open up consultations with the chief stakeholders – the citizens right from the planning stage rather than simply inviting their comments once the plan is done and put up on the website, say planners.

The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) — an autonomous research and advisory body under the Union housing and urban affairs ministry has been engaged into the development of the 2041 master plan.

“We have already conducted 15 focus group discussions involving various stakeholders including RWAs on the 2041 master plan. The feedback from these discussions has already been submitted to the DDA”, said NIUA official on the condition of anonymity. This claim of the NIUA is contested by the RWAs.

ABOUT R. TYAGI:  Before taking up his position with the Delhi´s SMART CITY Master Plan 2041, Radheyshyam Tyagi was a Board Member of The Delhi Jal Board (DJB),  a body working under the government of Delhi, responsible for supplying drinking water to Delhi Residents.

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