Staff Reporter

To provide updated information on all aspects of the plan

‘Re-development plan has aroused much interest among Delhiites in the past one year’

‘Wide consultations were held accordingly with all concerned and experts’

NEW DELHI: To provide updated information on all aspects of the Jama Masjid Precinct Re-development Plan that envisages re-development of the historic Jama Masjid complex and its neighbourhood, Municipal Commissioner K. S. Mehra launched a dedicated website of the plan here on Thursday.

Besides addressing technical issues, special care has been taken to make the whole process of re-development informative, transparent and public participatory, said Mr. Mehra.

The Commissioner said dynamic features incorporated on the website would enable regular updating of the information and citizens would not only be able to access every aspect of the re-development plan and its implementation but also be able to instantly post their views and suggestions on the website.

The major sections of the website include Jama Masjid, Photo Gallery, Conservation, Restoration, Precinct, Re-development Plan, Tourism, Shahjahanabad, Research and Links.

The Commissioner informed that the Jama Masjid Precinct Re-development Plan had aroused much interest among Delhiites in the past one year and though it was widely appreciated, some questions were raised on its feasibility and appropriateness.

“It was quite natural,” said Mr. Mehra, “as this plan is the first comprehensive heritage project which has wide socio-economic implications. Wide consultations were held accordingly with all concerned and experts as well. The queries were addressed and suggestions incorporated in the final plan to make it a truly sustainable community project.”

Major modifications from the previous plan submitted by the MCD include reduction of underground parking from three levels to two levels and its location at a safe distance between 170 and 200 metres.

“With the historical intervention of the Delhi High Court in 2004, the interest in Jama Masjid and its precinct has again revived. Since then a process of re-development has started beginning with the removal of encroachment from the precinct,” said Mr. Mehra.

He also informed that the first draft master plan for the Jama Masjid Precinct Re-development was submitted before the Delhi High Court in October 2006 and was examined by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission in January 2007. Thereafter a second draft plan incorporating the DUAC observations was submitted in September 2007 and the final plan by MCD was submitted to DUAC in December 2007. With further details being requested by DUAC, the plan was re-submitted in April 2008.

Final plan

Mr. Mehra expressed hope that with the constitution of new DUAC now, the final plan with all requisite details including an excavation and environment impact study and the model would be examined soon.

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