To address the growing problems of pollution, congestion and shortage of housing stock for the poor and middle class in Delhi, the Ministry of Urban Development has approved the Transit Oriented Development Policy (TOD) for Delhi.
“Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu has cleared the Policy which is expected to recast Delhi’s landscape as part of review of Master Plan for Delhi – 2021,” according to a statement from the Urban Development Ministry.
TOD is a key policy initiative for low-carbon, high-density, compact, mixed land use and sustainable development. The policy aims to acheive it by minimising travel time for citizens, promoting use of public transport, reducing pollution and congestion, creating more homogeneous neighborhoods, having work places near residences, creating public amenities within walking distances and providing safe environment through redevelopment along Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) corridors in the national capital.
According to the official statement, TOD policy shall be adopted for development within the Influence Zone (extending up to 500 metres on both sides of MRTS corridors), so that maximum number of people can live, work and find means of recreation within walking/ cycling distance of the MRTS corridors/stations.
However, TOD will not be applicable in Lutyens Bungalow Zone, Civil Lines Bungalows Area, Monument regulated zone, Zone ‘O’ (around river Yamuna) and Low Density Residential Area. TOD zone would comprise approximately 20% of Delhi’s overall area.