Monday, July 11, 2011

MCD instructs blueprint for 33 wards development

The regime for development of the municipal wards covering total 272 wards is started due to the requirements of the citizens. Paving the way for organized and streamlined development, MCD has instructed the architects in Delhi to prepare and present plans by the end of August for 33 wards. This has been decided by the MCD considering the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 which All 272 municipal wards in the city will be developed keeping in view the needs of their residents. Moving towards systematic development of wards, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has roped in architects and other experts to draft and submit plans for 33 wards by August-end. This is in keeping with the provisions of the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD) that needs the developmental bodies to make elaborated development plans including drainage, parking space, shopping complexes, roads and community centers.

Architects experts from five elite institutes of architecture have been delegated the job to study the infrastructure which exists and prepare the plan of future development of wards. The five schools are School of Planning and Architecture, the architecture department at Jamia University, Indraprastha University, INTACH and the Association of Municipalities and Development Authorities.

Under the 33 wards to be developed initially, the plans are invited for Guru Harkrishan Nagar, Nizamuddin, Mehrauli, Kondli, Ghadoli, Hauz Khas, Shahpur Jat and other 12 villages. As per a senior official, "The whole thought behind the development of the wards is to eradicate the problems of residents and to implement organized development. Post implementation of the master plan few years back, many residential areas have witnessed changes in the initial plans. The recommendation, in case of realizing the need for the change will be forwarded to the Centre".

This development activity also phases out the MCD’s investment calculation for future. Presently, MCD counselors invest the money in area development as per their plan and no concrete plan. With the development plan, MCD can invest the money in phases to achieve ultimate developmental goal. As per AGK Menon, the convener and urban planner of INTACH Delhi Chapter “The solution of these problems are required to be identified on urgent level. We are taking an inverted pyramid approach and progressing up from the bottom of the problem that is from ward to Delhi’s master plan.

According to the MCD official the panning architects institutions are being paid for drafting the plan almost 8 lakhs per ward. “Upon the preparation of the plans for 33 wards, they would be studied for their benefits for MCD. Post this study, the architect institutions would be asked to draft plan for rest of 239 wards”, as informed by Deep Mathur, Director, Press and Information.

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