NCR-2041: India Making Plans to Save Delhi from Devastation

Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra addressing at the inaugural conclave on “National Capital Region-2041”, in New Delhi on November 11, 2019. Photo: PIB
Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra addressing at the inaugural conclave on “National Capital Region-2041”, in New Delhi on November 11, 2019. Photo: PIB

NCR-2041: India Making Plans to Save Delhi from Devastation

The theme of the conclave was “Planning for Tomorrow’s Greatest Capital Region”.

By Rakesh Raman

With extreme pollution, rampant corruption, and widespread lawlessness, India’s capital New Delhi has become a virtual hell where it is almost impossible to live.

Now the incompetent politicians and bureaucrats in the Indian government – who are actually responsible for the disaster – are holding ineffective, armchair meetings to save Delhi from further devastation.

Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, chaired the inaugural conclave on “National Capital Region-2041” organized by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), in Delhi on Monday (November 11).

The theme of the conclave was “Planning for Tomorrow’s Greatest Capital Region”. The conclave had participation from all NCR participating States, concerned ministries, departments of the Government of India, knowledge institutions, industries, housing associations, subject experts, field officers from various districts, and other stakeholders.

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Setting the agenda for the conclave, Mishra said that the Regional Plan-2041 should be a citizen-centric plan, with liveability as the hallmark, to ensure ease of living. He further said that only plans with crucial factors like economic ability and sustainability can succeed.

He added that the Regional Plan would have a serious impact on the entire region as it would drive and decide the magnitude and direction in which the development will take place. He said that the Regional Plan-2041 would be “a plan of our dreams and aspiration set in a practical context and that it must be published before mid-2021.”

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Earlier addressing the conclave, Archana Agrawal, Member Secretary, NCRPB mentioned that currently the Regional Plan with the horizon year 2021 was in-force and a Regional Plan with next horizon year 2041 was required to be prepared now.

She said that this conclave was first among many such consultations planned wherein more advanced stage of deliberations will take place.

As part of the sessions, a multimedia presentation showing planning of global cities was followed by five technical sessions on various themes, namely ‘Imagining the Future’, ‘Priorities of the States’, ‘Land Use, Allocation & Control’, ‘Harmonized Development’ and ‘Financial Structuring’.

It is envisaged that the engagement of experts from various organizations will contribute to ensuring successful preparation of a multi-sectoral Regional Plan with perspective year 2041.

Participants were also apprised about the facility for giving suggestions on preparation of Regional Plan-2041 through NCRPB’s website.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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