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DDA moots draft policy on ‘enhancing walkability’ in Delhi  |  February 27, 2019


A draft policy on ‘enhancing walkability’ in Delhi, on the lines of that in Chennai, was also approved at the meeting of the Delhi Development


Authority (DDA), held under the chairmanship of the Lt Governor at Raj Niwas, officials said, on February 25, 2019. “The draft policy will now be placed in public domain for three weeks, for inviting comments,” a senior official said.


The DDA said, it was felt that on the basis of the ‘Walkability Plan for city of Chennai’, Delhi should also take steps in this direction, by way of policy intervention and initiatives. This will have features like removal of encroachments from footpaths, identification of vending zones, shaded tree plantation, walkable distances, installation of street furniture and signage.


The DDA’s budget for the year 2019-20 was also presented during the event. The expenditure has been set at nearly Rs 6,968 crores, projecting a growth of 23.30 per cent over the revised budget estimate for 2018-19 at Rs 5,651 crores.


Key activities to be taken under the budget include, transforming Delhi into a world-class city and request for proposal (RFP) for developing vacant area available at Dwarka (200 ha), it said. Other activities include, construction of socio-cultural centres in Rohini, CBD Shahdara and Mayur Vihar retrofitting of Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama Place and Basant Lok Community Centres promotion of sports beautification of Delhi and heritage preservation, the statement said.