Delhi Development Authority is all set to launch its master plan for Delhi 2041- specific website next month in order to ensure that people of Delhi have a bigger say in how the national capital shapes up in next 20 years.
An official working on the website told a national daily, “The website will be a single platform with all information regarding the Master Plan for Delhi 2041 and other related DDA policies. It will be in the form of a microsite within DDA’s official website. A link on the homepage will take people to the master plan microsite.”
DDA is also planning to post regular posts on the website apart from the papers and studies related to the master plan.
The website was cited saying that the website will have information on public meetings and stakeholders meet regarding the master plan. Different specialized surveys have been prepared for people that will be uploaded on the portal.
The officials further added “Through the surveys, which will range from topics such as air pollution, transport or housing, we will get to know what people want,” he added. Separate surveys would be there based on geographical location, age group, social status, and gender, etc. “We want to involve everyone, cutting across age, gender or social status. By doing this, the master plan for Delhi can reflect on separate needs.”
“Since the focus, this time is on greater public participation, we are ensuring that it will be easy to give feedback. The entire process will be transparent and those giving feedback will be able to see if the feedback was discussed and considered,” he said.
People who are unable to access the dedicated website or uncomfortable using technology, there are plans to have mobile applications and SMS-based mechanisms as well. “The plan is to find out what Delhi wants and not impose ideas on Delhiites. Public participation in the preparation of Master Plan for Delhi 2041 is going to be mass-based and multi-faceted,” he said.