NEW DELHI: Urban planners have highlighted the urgent need to address key concerns of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy for its faster implementation. Though all states are drafting their own TOD policy, experts say the Union urban development ministry needs to provide basic guidelines for finalising it.
Though the policy was notified by the Centre last year, there is no clarity on the process for various sanctions, management of open spaces, parking space, water requirement, etc.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which has planned three TOD projects in east Delhi and Dwarka, is working on finalising the regulations. It has invited suggestions and objections from the public in this regard.
“There is multiplicity of authorities in the city. The policy says that there will be a single window system for approving TOD projects, but clarity is lacking due to the involvement of many agencies,” said Mriganka Saxena, founding partner of Habitat Techtonics Architecture and Urbanism. She was part of the team that drafted the TOD policy for Delhi.
According to Anuj Malhotra, CEO of Centre for Green Mobility, there some of the key concerns need to be addressed to make the policy operational. “Management of open spaces, sustainability of the project and street structure network are some of the key concerns. The civic infrastructure should support the TOD project,” he said.
On Wednesday, experts deliberated on TOD at the three-day WRI India conference on Advancing Ideas into Action in Cities. Parking was one of the prime concerns. As per the policy, developers will have to provide 1.33 Equivalent Car Space (ECS) per 100 sq m. “It is very high and will defeat the very purpose of TOD, which is to encourage people to use the mass transit system,” said SK Lohia, CEO of Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC).
IRSDC has suggested changes in the parking clause to DDA. “We have suggested that the parking space should be 0.25 ECS per 100 sq m,” said Lohia. The agency is working on two TOD projects at Anand Vihar and Bijwasan. It will also be working on the redevelopment of stations on the Ring Railway network in Delhi.
Another important issue is related to property ownership rights and amalgamation of plots. “The urban development ministry needs to address issues related to amalgamation of plots,” said Vasanth Rao, GM finance, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.
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