- Pulse and Impulse Impact on the Development    click here to open paper content22 kb
by    Jain, A K | akjain@del3.vsnl.net.in   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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Delhi presents a unique but prototype of third world megacity growth, propelled by frequent mega-events, side by side with planned development.
Delhi, as the capital of India is a unique city which lives by ambition, power and opportunism. The historigraphy reveals that Delhi has grown and died more due to pulse, impulse and sporadic events. Today the population of Delhi is around 13.8 million, (2001 Census), which is 6 times the population of 1961, the period when the Delhi Master Plan came into existence. Out of total area of Delhi (1486 Sq. km.), about 50% has already been urbanised and the rest is under heavy pressure of urbanisation. It is no more just a national capital, but an international centre of politics, business, sports, culture and education and has emerged as one of the prime movers and a nerve centre of national and international events.

Since, 1947, when Delhi became the Capital of the Country, various mega-events have taken place, which attracted massive population and have been highly demanding in land, human resource, building materials and infrastructure. Whilst these mega-events have brought financial benefits, they also brought several distortions and adverse impacts. It has been a major challenge to provide the infrastrastructure and jobs to those who were involved with the event. It is essential to study and forecast the impacts of such mega-events on city’s growth, infrastructure services, employment, etc. In a democratic polity, compromises are to be made, and to cope up with the pulse effects of unplanned decision, appropriate planning strategies should to be evolved. By such strategies, it is possible to minimize their adverse impact on the city and capture their positive contributions for the overall benefit of the city.

Pulse and Impact
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