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Vaulting Ambition

In 2021, is it going to be a new-look Delhi or an urban chaos?

Vaulting Ambition
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Vaulting Ambition
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The battle for Delhi has begun in right earnest, with both BJP and Congress vying with each other to announce pre-electoral sops. In an all-or-nothing gambit, the BJP has declared its vision for Delhi 2021, via the 'Guidelines for the Master Plan'. Envisaging dramatic policy shifts, the document has been reviled by those who see it as a blueprint for urban chaos but welcomed by those who claim its overall thrust is both progressive and pro-poor.

An advisory to city planners drawing up the capital's Master Plan III, the guidelines have been submitted to the Supreme Court and put on a website inviting public comment. "We want transparency and public participation," maintains Delhi Lt Governor Vijai Kapoor. Broadly, he says, the objective is to check further haphazard growth while taking a humanitarian and pragmatic view of existing violations and opening the doors to redevelopment.

But critics say that congestion will increase if high-rises are permitted, infrastructure and utilities will be overstretched and a premium put on illegality by regularising unauthorised...
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