Project

Child-impact Assessment of Master Plan of Delhi 2021

Delhi is the most master-planned city in India and is in the process of creating its fourth Master Plan that will guide the future of Delhi’s development for 20 years after 2021.

The Census 2011 population of Delhi is 16.7 million. The child population of Delhi is significant: 5,500,000 in 0-14 years, and 1,700,000 in 15-19 years. To critique urban planning in India’s most planned city from a child-centered perspective, ACE conducted a rapid child impact assessment of the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD 2021).

A child-centered approach embeds the rights and needs of children in the process of development and promotes the best interests of children in all aspects of planning and development as children live and grow up as part of a family, community, city, town, village and a nation. Such an approach also sees the child as an active social agent capable of participating in decisions affecting their lives and making informed choices.

The evaluation also analyzes the impact of previous master plans on the most vulnerable children in Delhi and understands how Delhi’s master plans had served or failed children. The assessment focused primarily on the provisions of ‘Housing for the Poor” in the Master Plan of Delhi (DDA 2007).

Resettlement sites within the planned subcity of Delhi, Narela following MPD 2021 norms
Resettlement sites within the planned subcity of Delhi, Narela following MPD 2021 norms

Even after 14 years no provision has been made for water, sanitation, drainage, and any social infrastructure leading children to live in unsafe neighborhoods, play in open defecation sites and garbage, study in streets and work in dark workshops.