Is Delhi's masterplan defective?

Is Kamal Nath right in stopping sealing and demolition of illegal structures in capital?

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Prasanna Mohanty | December 15, 2011



After putting the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) into a big mess (a planning commission official had warned last year that a sub-prime like crisis was being built up by his policies that favoured private contractors and built up a huge liability for NHAI) in his previous role as road transport and highways minister, Kamal Nath wants to play around with Delhi’s urban landscape now.

In his latest avtaar as urban development minister, he has stopped sealing and demolition of illegal structures in Delhi for the next three years. He achieved this by piloting a bill, National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Bill, 2011, through parliament on Wednesday. His reasons? Delhi’s master plan is defective and needs an overhaul and until then there should be no sealing and no demolition.

Do you think Kamal Nath's stand is correct?

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