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Draft Delhi Master Plan-2041 falls short of making the capital an inclusive city

The master plan needs to address the diversity of the informal sector and the requirements of subsistence urban workers. it is imperative to rephrase its vision to "a sustainable, inclusive, liveable and vibrant Delhi"

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had put the Draft Master Plan of Delhi–2041 (DMPD-2041) in the public domain, inviting suggestions and objections. DMPD-2041 was anticipated to be a modern development plan for the capital as it has been informed by a far more participatory approach and consultations with various stakeholder groups.

Hence, an omission of the inclusive city notion in the DMPD-2041 vision, which is to "foster a sustainable, liveable and vibrant Delhi", comes as a shock. This is all the more baffling as there is a global consensus on the need for building more inclusive cities, defined as "having equal access, opportunities and voice in urban space for all".

It is also incorporated in the 2015 sustained development goals (SDGs)— "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable")—endorsed by India. Therefore, it is imperative to rephrase the modified vision of the Master Plan as "foster a sustainable, inclusive, liveable and vibrant Delhi".

However, DMPD-2041 has not completely missed out on the idea of an inclusive city. After listing the three goals, it states, "The Plan also acknowledges diversity and works towards creating an inclusive city that facilitates accessibility and opportunity for all."