The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s (CMDA) master plan looks to integrate public transportation with high-rises.
What’s in it? The CMDA’s third master plan for 2046 looks to transform Chennai with people being able to reach parks, hospitals, schools, and shops in 15 minutes, no matter where you live in the city. It’ll be done through high-rise transport corridors for the MRTS and Metro.
- One of the elements is the Outer Ring Road which will have homes and offices. Work has already begun on this. However, the plan didn’t account for the extended areas.
- There’ll also be development projects in regions like Minjur, Kancheepuram, and Chengalpet with better urban mobility. The goal is to have equitable access to all facilities.
Don’t repeat mistakes: Urban experts and activists don’t want this to go the same way as the second master plan that remained a pipe-dream. It and the first plan were conventional and followed a plan of rigid land use. They urged that the focus should be on basic infrastructure facilities.