The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is playing smart as far as its development plans for the New Year are concerned. Besides the three smart cities which will come up on the extension areas of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, the authority has proposed two integrated complexes- a transit-oriented development hub at Karkardooma (KKD TOO) and a lake city complex at Sanjay Lake in Mayur Vihar.
Elaborating on plans to develop Delhi into a “global city,” Urban and Housing Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said during a January 3 in the national capital to kick-start the allotment process of DDA ‘Housing Scheme 2014 : “Delhi is the heart of India and the first smart city would come up here. The city of Barcelona in Spain has also promised technological support to us in our effort in this direction,”
While private developers will build the three ‘smart cities’ near Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, DDA will develop the infrastructure. DDA Vice-Chairman Balvinder Kumar outlined the plans for the ‘smart city’ in the capital at a media briefing recently. The ‘smart city’ will be a complete sub-city, which would be located in an area of 20-24 hectares and will be equipped with latest technologies and wastemanagementtechniques.
“The smart city will have a world-class infrastructure, 24-hour power supply, complete wi-fi connectivity, and will employ green technology and latest water conservation techniques like rain-harvesting and waste management techniques, among other facilities,” he said .
On KKD TOD, DDA Vice-Chairman told Realty & More, “The Karkardooma project was conceived two months back. We will hand over the project to the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) to execute. They will consult DDA on the concept, design and disposal of the property. We will soon sign MoU with them and they, in turn, will invite consultants through global tenders.” Kumar emphasised that “this is DDA’s own exclusive initiative”.
On Sanjay Lake, he said: “We are taking up this new project as well. We have 25-acre land along the lake. We will develop the entire area as Lake City Complex”.
The complex will be equipped with facilities like residential flats, commercial units, medical facilities, green area as well as restaurants, arcades and pedestrian tracks etc.
Officials told Realty & More that the implementation of the transit-oriented development in Karkardooma will be the game-changer in the development of one of the most disorganised constituencies of Delhi. The Karkardooma smart city hub spread over 74-acre of land would break away from the traditional model of city growth by constructing a pro-pedestrian space where public transport would be encouraged and the routine needs from recreation to utility would be available within a walking distance of one’s home.
The KKD TOD will provide a unique mix of small size townhomes, apartments and studios so that the products are within the affordable reach of the middle class, young professionals and couples, corporates, young entrepreneurs and start-ups. The hub would be the first to catalyse the transformation of East Delhi into the most desirable living area for cosmopolitan living.The KKD TOD hub would provide world-class facilities such as air-conditioned skywalks connecting the new corporate towers and hotels near the station site, along with restaurants, grocery stores, shopping plazas, food courts, theatres, galleries and other recreational uses.
The complex would also provide two beautiful treelined park-boulevards connecting the existing neighbourhoods so that people in the adjacent areas can enjoy a pleasant oxygen-filled walk to the Metro station while going to work in the morning. The daily needs of people will be within five-minute walking distance of homes and offices and people can pick up all their supplies while walking back home in the evenings.
The additional traffic generated by the KKD TOD project as well as the upcoming redevelopment of Anand Vihar Railway Station, will be taken care of by developing a new 24-metre zonal plan road along the railway line. This will give a new bypass route parallel to Vikas Marg along the railway corridor.
The hub would boast of the first-time application of the new TOO development code which will bring shops, building entries and balconies and recreational areas to the edge of the street creating safety in all public spaces for women and children using public transport or walking at any time of the day or night. It will strive to create social cohesion and tolerance which is essential for building healthy inclusive communities.
The KKD TOD would also fulfill the long-standing needs of the local community for a hospital, a recreation centre, a school for disabled children, community halls and a large five-acre community park. The tree-lined park will be the heart of the community with a well demarcated space for use by youngsters for active sports as well as safe areas for relaxation and exercise for children and the elderly.