New Delhi: “The Master Plan 2021 for the City of Delhi is a starting point for developing a specific vision for the future of Delhi”, said Dinesh Rai, Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority, at the CII Delhi State Annual Session and Panel Discussion on Master Plan 2021 on 3 April, 2007.
The Master Plan is a policy document that will address issues at the zonal and local levels providing direction on urban development.
Outlining the plan, Mr Rai said that strategies for coordinating and leveraging city development on different fronts – economic, educational, cultural, sports and environmental have been incorporated.
”Having a Master Plan is better than not having one,” said Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, Indian Express, and moderator for a discussion on a subject which was attended by 150 delegates.
He said that the challenge is that we are urbanizing faster than we are able to develop cities. We have got to ensure maximum growth of cities so that they are in a better position to absorb the needs and demands of the urbanizing citizen.
Panelists at the conference included Arun Bharat Ram, Past President (CII) and Chairman, SRF Ltd; Harpal Singh, Chairman, Fortis Healthcare Ltd ; Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage India; Vikram Bakshi, Joint Venture and Managing Director, McDonald’s India (North and East); William Bissell, Managing Director, Fabindia Overseas Pvt Ltd; Mr Shyam Divan , Senior Advocate; Ranjit Sabikhi, Architect and Pankaj Vir Gupta, Partner, vir.mueller architects..
Issues related to planning and development were taken up and a functional approach outlined towards creating the vision of Delhi as an international city.
It was suggested that the Masterplan 2021 should focus on moving towards the hi-tech era by providing more facilities to the community as a whole be it working women, students, service sector or elderly people.
The Master Plan should be projected on the basis of the assessment of basic needs, while maintaining and preserving the cultural ethos of the city.
The Master Plan is an important document for it serves as a blueprint of plans and designs that can contribute to the city’s overall urbanization development.