Aranya, 6 kilometres from Indore, will eventually house a total population of 60,000 in 6500 dwellings, on a net planning area of 85 hectares. The master plan, prepared by the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation in 1983, is designed around a central spine comprising the business district, and an agglomeration of six self-contained neighborhoods. Their size and organization incorporates all the neighborhood facilities in appropriate quantities to sustain community life.
The ideological basis for planning Aranya has been the following:
- Vitality – development to support socio-economic aspirations of the community.
- Imageability – builtform to impart identity and inculcate a sense of belonging amongst the inhabitants.
- Equity – to create equitable balanced community with satisfactory level of environmental qualities and opportunities for all.
- Efficiency – to realize development that optimizes natural, material as well as human resources to the advantage of the user group.
- Flexibility – to evolve framework that absorbs with ease the progressive change and growth as a part of natural development process.
- Feasibility – to ensure development within given legal, fiscal and organizational milieu
The formal street network draws the vehicular traffic outward to the perimeter road while pedestrian traffic on informal pathways and open space network flows in the opposite direction achieving clear and safe segregation of slow and fast moving traffic. Non-rectilinear alignment of streets with varying widths, bends and widening are provided to accommodate range of spontaneous human activities. The hierarchy of commercial activities coincides with street hierarchy. Formal commercial outlets are along major arterial roads while informal shopping areas occur along narrow streets and open spaces throughout the settlement.