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From 50 Years Ago: Development of Delhi

Weekly Notes from Volume XII, No.'s 29 & 30, July 23, 1960.

Urban planning, if any attempt at all was made in that direction in past decades in India, was of a rough and ready character, largely experimental and limited to the needs of the times. …Lately, some efforts have been and are being made to correct the mistakes of the past and to ensure that future growth at least would be on more healthy and rational lines. For instance, Delhi has now announced a draft master plan for comments and sugges-tions from the public…The Draft Plan, based on an extensive survey, is meant primarily to harmonise the two major Delhis, old and new, not only on the physical but also on so-cial level and develop the surrounding towns, townships and even rural areas as an integrated whole, keeping in view the pre-dictable needs of the next two decades. A notable feature of the Draft Plan is that an attempt has been made to associate the neighbouring States of Uttar Pradesh and East Punjab with the development of the Greater Delhi area.…The possibility of such a phenomenal rise in population and the need of providing enough room for expansion in an orderly, congenial manner has necessitated the planning of development in the Capital in the regional context, taking into account vast areas around it and seeing that they grow in tune with the core. That only suggests that there can no longer be any planning of cities or towns in isolation – as separate entities in themselves with no thought to the possible lines of growth in the surrounding territory and its needs. Such exercises in isolation in the past have had disastrous results, not only for the urban areas concerned but also for the rural tracts around them.

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