Delhi Development Authority (DDA) releases Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041

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Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041 has been released in the public domain by Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Suggestions and objections have been invited from the public.

About Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041:
  • Draft Master Plan for Delhi has been prepared by Delhi Development Authority(DDA) in partnership with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).
    • NIUA is India’s leading national think tank on urban planning and development. In 1976, NIUA was appointed as an apex body to support and guide the Government of India in its urban development plans.
    • Since then, it has worked closely with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, alongside other government and civil sectors
  • Objective: The plan has been prepared as a set of guidelines meant to be used in the policies for housing, construction, transport and environment over the next 20 years in Delhi.
  • Vision: The vision for the plan is to “Foster a Sustainable, Liveable and Vibrant Delhi by 2041”.
  • First Master Plan: The first master plan for Delhi was promulgated in 1962 under the Delhi Development Act of 1957. It was followed by the master plans of 2001 and 2021.
Key Focus Areas of the Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041:


  • Green Development Area (GDA) to be set up for incentivizing large-scale implementation of green economies.
  • The polluting industries will not be permitted to operate within Delhi. The list of polluting industries will be periodically updated by the Delhi government and DDA.
  • Enhancement of a “Green-Blue Infrastructure (GBI)” by taking into account the Aravali ridge, the Yamuna, forests, wetlands, parks and other assets.
    • GBI is an interconnected network of natural and designed landscape components, including water bodies and green and open spaces.
    • Blue infrastructure refers to infrastructure related to hydrological functions. This includes rainwater and urban stormwater systems as well as surface water
    • Green infrastructure refers to green spaces like parks, natural vegetation like trees etc.
  • Dust management plan at construction sites
  • Creation of a tree directory in order to preserve count the number of trees
  • Promoting clean economic activities and minimized vehicular pollution by creating multimodal hubs and encouraging green mobility.

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  • Promoting the concept of ‘24-hour city’ by fostering a night-time economy
  • No new mixed-use streets: This means no commercial streets will be declared in residential areas
  • New industrial areas to be developed as a hub of the clean economy (tech and cyber parks etc)
  • Multi-use community work centres or co-working spaces to be developed
  • Development of business promotion districts in industrial areas
  • Providing infrastructure for the informal sector


  • Introduction of congestion pricing and dynamic parking charges
  • Restriction of on-street parking
  • Development of e-vehicles infrastructure
  • Development of ‘cycling highways and enhancing walkability


  • Promotion of rental housing (permission to develop it in industrial areas, etc)
  • Online portal for rental housing scheme
  • Development of large-scale housing using land-pooling
  • Redevelopment of unauthorized colonies
Heritage Public Places:
  • Area-based improvement approach for revitalizing the commercial and socio-cultural hubs of the city. This includes areas like Connaught Place, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan and Shahjahanabad (Walled City).

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Source: The Hindu

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