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Scope of transit oriented development in urban cities of India like Delhi, Ahmedabad

Cities like Ahmedabad and New Delhi are exploring the interface between transportation and land use planning through Transit-oriented development (TOD) strategies such as permitting higher FARs and building heights along major rapid transit corridors.


ADB 30 Jul 2018, 02:42 AM India
  • Promoting sustainable urban growth is key to resource efficiency and inclusive development of cities in India. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

An exponentially expanding urban population has put tremendous strain on Indian cities, as the rate of people migrating to cities in pursuit of better economic opportunities increased significantly over the past 2 decades.

Urban infrastructure development, including water supply and affordable housing, has not kept pace with urbanization trends, resulting in low service delivery levels and poor urban, public, and environmental health conditions.

Promoting sustainable urban growth is key to resource efficiency and inclusive development of cities in India.

Cities like Ahmedabad and New Delhi are exploring the interface between transportation and land use planning through Transit-oriented development (TOD) strategies such as permitting higher FARs and building heights along major rapid transit corridors.

Since most of these corridors pass through brownfield urban areas, TOD has been underutilized to date. Still, in its nascent stages, the TOD policy in India has great scope for improvement, to achieve its objective of exploiting the potential of transit corridors to create a compact urban form and enhance pedestrian accessibility.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has recently developed extensive guidelines to implement TOD in New Delhi, which are expected to provide impetus to the redevelopment of old neighborhoods in the city.

The full report with an extensive research on the topic is available on ADB's website.


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