In Delhi, with the increasing population and the infrastructure reeling under pressure, there is a dire need for redevelopment to integrate the high-density mixed-use developments along the popular connectivity corridors to promote walk-to-work culture and curb the city's pollution levels.

India’s rise as a social and economic power in the 21st century witnessed global aspirations taking over the public and private sectors. The acceleration in the number of inhabitants induced by widespread urbanisation presents formidable urban development challenges in metro cities such as Delhi. Despite its positive contribution to economics and technological advancements, the city has also seen haphazard growth which has led to inefficiencies, congestion, and resource conflicts. These concerns demand a comprehensive approach recognising the coaction of factors that have a bearing on the urban condition and provide an elevated living experience and an inclusive and sustainable environment. 

Much of the urban land owned by the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) has been utilised primarily for low-height and low-density housing planned without much thought put into public amenities such as green spaces, which are essential to modern lifestyles. Furthermore, the unbounded growth and a vast populace have widened the gap between the ever-progressive urban hotspots and the endlessly spilling suburbs, while the required mass transit to facilitate this sprawl remains ignored. Determinants such as accessibility, environment, and other livability concerns also remain a challenge where communities reside in large urban agglomerations.

Taking into consideration the consequent inconveniences, new models of urban development have been brought to the forefront. The following three propositions suggest the remedy for a sensitive intervention:

  • Replacing the traditional low-height and low-density built forms with new high-density mixed-use developments. 
  • Planning transit-oriented development that advocates urban expansion around major transport hubs and creating transit systems to connect burgeoning areas to core clusters.
  • Initiating an all-inclusive neighbourhood plan with the strategised allocation of all the needful amenities within reach of the inhabitants.

High-density mixed-use development that is not only transit-friendly but also invites diverse interests for the end-users has become a need for the city. Working on this premise, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has identified approximately 25 acres of land in Azadpur to develop urban infrastructure addressing the need for large working spaces, residential developments in a high-density format, and the amenities that support these developments. Currently occupied by a low-density staff housing colony, the land parcel in the area sits near major transport infrastructure: the overhead Azadpur metro station and the GT road in the front, which provides easy connectivity with DTC buses and the upcoming underground metro link that would bring the area within the transit-zone. Also, densifying and consolidating the infrastructure on limited land, the redevelopment of Azadpur creates a walkable neighbourhood that promotes a healthy lifestyle amongst urban dwellers. 

Today, when a sustainable lifestyle has become essential, this proposed redevelopment introduces an optimistic view towards building a healthy living environment.