The Union Urban Development Minister Shri Jaipal Reddy has announced
that one lakh dwelling units will be constructed in the next two years
to the slum dwellers of Delhi. The multi-storied housing units would be
constructed through public private partnership on the land occupied by
the slum dwellers. Speaking at the Delhi Urban Art Commission Exhibition
in New Delhi today Shri Reddy said Delhi is the most wealthy city in
terms of culture, history and heritage and has to evolve its own model
instead of aping any city. The minister stated “ we have to plan for
proper dwelling units for 16 million population in the city and soon the
figure touches 20 million, and we have to be liberal and fair in
allowing the growth without sacrificing the character of the city”. Shri
Reddy said that the city could be beautified while taking care of the
needs of the poor.

The following is the full text of the speech of Union Urban Development
Minister Shri Jaipal Reddy at the DUAC exhibition :

“Shri Joshiji, Lt. Governor of Delhi, Smt. Shiela Dixit, Chief Minister
of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal, Secretary (Urban Development) and
distinguished delegates, it is heartening to see that the Delhi Urban
Art Commission under the dynamic leadership of its Chairman Shri Charles
Correa has plans to enhance the Capital city to a level of which every
Indian shall be proud of. At a time when India is the focus of attention
globally as one of the fastest growing economies of the world, it is but
natural that its Capital city should be amongst the top cities of the world.

Towns and cities are places of social, cultural, economic and political
interaction. This exhibition is a site for interaction between
policy-makers, architects, social scientists and citizens. It is a
welcome move because it addresses part of a larger challenge.

In the last 75 years India, like many countries of the so-called Third
World, has seen an accelerating growth in urban populations, and a
steady increased in the ratio of urban to rural dwellers. The agencies
of government have been aware of this, and have addressed it in many
ways – at the national level through Commissions to study small and
medium towns, to study urbanization, to initiate urban renewal. At the
local levels small-scale Improvement Trusts were superceded by town and
country planning bodies, and by measures to make civic bodies more
effective. What needs to be increased is the participation of citizens
in the process of urban governance and in formulating vision statements.
Exhibition like this marks a beginning in this direction.

What also needs to be addressed is the overall aesthetics of cities and
towns India is a country where beauty is inherent, in the landscape and
in crafts and in the performing arts. Beautiful cities were our
heritage. They should also be our present and our future. The Delhi
Urban Art Commission which was set up by an Act of Parliament in1974,
with a view to regulating the development of Delhi – which had begun to
go the high-rise way. Mrs. Indira Gandhi personally was very concerned
about the need to retain the special qualities of Delhi and see to it
that it developed into a visually beautiful city. Civic amenities and
urban aesthetics complement each other, and the role of a body like the
DUAC should be to ensure that both receive attention.

In planning and development of the Capital city of Delhi, several
agencies such as the Delhi Development Authority, Municipal Corporation
of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Urban Art Commission
play a very significant role. Our development agencies like Delhi Metro
Rail Corporation, Central Public Works Department, the PWD etc. also
execute large projects/schemes which have a bearing on the urban form as
well as development perspective of the city to each of the agencies play
its own role within its specific statutory and functional framework.
Consequently, the need of the hour is that all these agencies work in
tandem to enable us to achieve the common goal of placing the city at a
higher pedestal. The synergy through strategic partnership between these
agencies would help in evolving a holistic perspective for development
of the Capital city. In view of this the Ministry of Urban Development
now propose to formulate a blueprint for evolving a strategic
partnership between the aforesaid agencies for providing a forum to
discuss various plans, programmes of all these bodies and develop new
ideas and to ensure their effective implementation. Such a forum would
enable regular interaction amongst the local bodies and major players
like the DUAC on an ongoing basis.

The primary role of the group would be to serve as a think tank in which
preliminary ideas can be evolved by all the participating agencies so as
to benefit from collective wisdom, concerns and experiences. The new
initiatives of development agencies and local bodies as well as concepts
prepared by DUAC would be discussed in the forum at the inception to
gain inputs and views of all the alliance partners.

The Group can also suggest and facilitate in sourcing of technical
expertise to augment the existing resources of local bodies and
developer agencies.

Delhi has been built and destroyed many times. It is our coordination
that can help the city to develop into a world class metropolis. Let us
work together in the direction of giving Delhi a face-lift.”

Earlier the Lt.Governor of Delhi, Shri B.L. Joshi, Chief Minister of
Delhi Smt. Shiela Dixit, Secretary Union Urban Development Ministry Shri
Anil Baijal and the Chairman of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, Mr.
Charles Correa also spoke on the occasion.