Status, process and trends affecting entitlements

The TRACK section of DMP-2021 Minder uses media reports, public events and engagements of Master Plan Implementation Support Group1 and friends to track status and process of Plan revision and implications of trends for Plan entitlements.

Status Process Entitlements
As of 04.08.2003
Master Plan 2021 Guidelines, consistent with 1999 recommendations but in disregard of the Plan and due process for its revision as well as of legal, judicial and Parliamentary processes underway, announced at a press conference by Union Minister and Lieutenant Governor, posted on DDA website for comment, endorsed by Prime Minister... Delhi Cooperative Societies' Bill, contrary to and eroding Master Plan land policy , approved in Delhi Assembly despite admitted illegality by way of lapse on mandatory Public Notice and despite citizens' requests...

As of 27.07.2003

The last post on DDA website2 is a presentation, made in October 1999 to an ‘august gathering’ of ‘eminent personalities’ at a seminar tiled Delhi in the Next Millenium, about approach of Delhi Master Plan 2021. The exact status of Delhi Master Plan revision is simply not known to Delhi'ites.

DDA is mandated only to revise the Master Plan, not even to make a new one, but the 1999 seminar decided its ‘vision’ be ‘put on Internet so that people all over the world' could send ‘their vision’, clearing the way for multiple visions3 to guide the Plan revision, and pre-emptive modifications, in disregard of due process.

Plan modifications are being made to condone violations by regularising up-market misuse (RUM), to implementation failures by regularising inadequate people-initiatives (RIP), to downsize / substitute entitlements with sub-standard options for people (SOP) or to directly facilitate urban-space commodification (FUC). The Plan's space allocations are being modified at cost of equity and its time continuum safeguards breached at cost of sustainability.

STATUS tracking account since January 2003 PROCESS tracking account since January 2003 More about ENTITLEMENTS tracking accounts


pics mostly from newspaper websites

up-dated 04.08.2003 | mail to [email protected]

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Gita Dewan Verma / Planner / January 2003 - August 2003 / Based largely on engagements of Master Plan Implementation Support Group4


Entitlements AT RISK!

SPACE ALLOCATIONS ~ Housing ~ Industry ~ Commerce ~ Facilities | TIME CONTINUUM SAFEGUARDS ~ Sustainable development ~ Heritage management | INFRASTRUCTURE to service, not subvert, development according to Plan


Adequate Plan provisions for low-income have not been implemented, resulting in slums. Now the poor are inequitably being offered up-grading (RIP) or sub-standard resettlement or just night shelters (SOP) to spare about 2000 hectares for excessive and unsustainable up-market housing (FUC) for which illegal transfers and expansions are also being permitted (RUM)

DMP-2021 Minder: | Yamuna encroachments5
| Conversion to freehold6| Right Housing Rights7|Night Shelters8| Delhi Cooperative Societies' Bill9

MPISG10: | Report: Implementation of Master Plan provisions for low income housing to solve the slum problem, July 2001 | NHRC Case Chronicle, since July 2000 | Rangpuri Pahari Chronicle, since July 2000 | Arjun Camp Chronicle, since June 2002 | Rajiv Gandhi Camp Chronicle, since March 2003 | Objections in response to Public Notice for land acquisition for illegal slum resettlement in Contempt of Court, March 2003 | Citizens' Joint Statement, July 2003 | Memoranda to Standing Parliamentary Committee, July 2003 | Demand for promised White Paper, July 2003| Letters to President of India about low-income housing entitlements, July 2003

Also: | Slumming Delhi11, Talk at IIC on 18.01.03 | Regularising additions in flats12 | Emergent thrust on upper income housing13 | Narela - betrayed by all14 | Mumbai Model15


Plan provisions for industrial space have not been implemented, resulting in ‘non-conforming’ units that are being offered regularisation (RIP) or relocation in sub-standard schemes (SOP), while commerce is being allowed on existing industrial plots (RUM). 2000 hectares meant for industries is missing from the discourse in court and about future industrial policy (FUC)

DMP-2021 Minder: | Idgah Public Notice

Also: | GREAT TERRAIN ROBBERY - mayhem pursuant to PIL in the matter of industries in Delhi,chronicled up to end 2000 in Slumming India, Penguin Books India 2002, 2003 | Posts about subsequent developments archived on in-enaction mail list, August 2002 to February 2003


Pioneering provisions for hawkers, small shops and regulated mixed use in addition to commercial centres have not been implemented. Hawkers are at best promised pilot projects (SOP), small shops offered hawking licenses (RIP) or regularisation, extended also to other commercial use (RUM) – all to spare local commercial facility space for up-market use (FUC)

DMP-2021 Minder: | Hawker provisions16

MPISG17: | Report: Implementation of Master Plan provisions for hawkers, May 2001 | Joint PIL against commercialisation of commercial facility space, since October 2002,in which non-implementation of hawker provisions has been admitted and a pilot project promised on affidavit

Also: | Trying to get the discourse back on course18 in the ab-initio debate on zoning versus mixed land use, since December 2001 |Mixed Land Use liberalization - objection in response to Public Notice19, December 2002 | Hawking Hawkers - Two tales and a portrait of anarchy20, 2002 |Delhi Metro property development - objection in response to Public Notice21, December 2002| Master Plan subversion and Parking chaos22| Objection to urgency clause acquisition for metro station "etc" |Objection to approval of liberalization of Mixed Land Use23, March 2003


The Plan envisages institutions and facilities for local needs at various levels of hierarchy. However, up-market uses are favoured (FUC) and allowed to draw non-local business (RUM) and substitute willful charity for mandatory free / local access to (SOP) while inadequate separate sub-standard facilities are sought to be provided / upgraded (RIP)

DMP-2021 Minder: | Idgah Public Notice24| Safdarjang Airport 'consultation'25|Night Shelters26

MPISG27: | Report: Implementation of Master Plan provisions for school education for the poor, June 2001 | Objection to use of facility sites for NGOs and institutions and ad-hoc development of facilities in violation of Master Plan - DDA sports complex in green belt | Objection to facilities required to be elsewhere in NCR - Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences proposed in green belt

Carrying capacity based sustainable development.

Regional development for delimiting population, containing spread in water constrained directions, protection of ridge and river and a system of greens are central concerns of the Plan. Norms for various landuses serve to limit infrastructure demand at local levels. Regional dispersal failures and Plan violations have taken demand beyond carrying capacity. In place of urgent corrections at this level, rooftop rainwater harvesting, cluster level composting, etc, are being posited as ‘solutions’, which they cannot be on their own. The ridge and the riverbed are being lost to unplanned schemes, with unaffordable environmental consequences, especially in terms of ground water

DMP-2021 Minder: | Yamuna encroachments28| J-zone / green-belt / ridge-river-triangle breach | Safdarjang Airport 'consultation'29

MPISG30: | Report: Water crisis or crisis of subversion of planned development, May 2002 | Sultangarhi Case Chronicle

Conservation and integration for continuity.

The Plan provides a statutory framework for heritage management. The system of city greens incorporates major historical assets providing scope for unhurried considered interventions. The legal requirement of designating regulated areas in zonal plans provides scope for detailed regulation and management with specificity. Illustrative lists of types and priorities of interventions provide basis for expansion to city-wide strategic planning. There are explicit provisions for urban villages and their integration. However, heritage interventions have remained piece-meal and disregard of entitlements of traditional communities in development, on land acquired from them only for development according to Plan, has made for several problems.

DMP-2021 Minder: | Idgah Public Notice31

MPISG32: | Sultangarhi Case Chronicle| MahipalpurBundh breach

Also: | Questions about basis of priorities unconnected to the Master Plan in the work of Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation, since October 2002


Infrastructure is expected to service allocations and safeguards in the Plan, not subvert them. However, transport infrastructure provision or just promise - especially the Metro - seems to have become something else in recent years. Privatisation of electricity is also throwing up land use implications that seem not to have been foreseen. And minimalist bhagidari initiatives on in-situ rainwater harvesting, in-situ garbage management, etc, are diverting attention from holistically considered land allocations for water and waste management...

Also: | Metro - taking the city for a ride33 | Distcoms - making policy for slums, unauthorised colonies and non-conforming industries? (raised with DERC) | Bhagidari - destroying natural recharge and promoting artificial rainwater harvesting; rearing earthworms and losing land fill sites (raised with CMO)