Written by Aravind Unni and Shalaka Chauhan Delhi's future involves the hopes and aspirations of millions across social and economic identities. As the draft Delhi Master Plan 2041 is a blueprint of the city which the next generation will inhabit, the document will determine if Delhi evolves as a "world-class" capital city of an emerging India or continues as a city known for its high levels of air pollution, congested traffic, crumbling infrastructure, and lack of safety. Twenty years from now, will Delhi still be a city of contradictions, of a growing distance between Lutyens' Delhi and all that lies "Jamna paar"? https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png In the process of planning the city's future, citizens are, as they must be, an integral part. However, in the case of the Delhi Master Plan, citizen participation – at the moment, even with the extended duration for accepting suggestions/objections — seems reduced to a mere formality. The draft Master Plan report, along with the land use plan, has been in the public domain since June 9 for suggestions/objections as per the provisions of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Act. It was first announced as a 45-day window for people to submit their suggestions and objections, causing… Read full this story
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