The East Delhi Hub Project
The East Delhi Hub Project
The paper is intentioned to give a critical analysis of the East Delhi Hub project. In achieving this, the paper provides a detailed description of the East Delhi Hub project in terms of the initiators, implementers, and the objectives. In addition, the paper brings forth a vivid analysis relating to the relevance of the East Delhi Hub project to its target population and the government of India. The paper also discusses some challenges that stand in the way towards the success of this project.
The East Delhi Hub project is one of the projects in Karkardooma that is transit-oriented corridor. The project is of the 100-storey building with no surface parking of vehicles initiated in the year 2014. The project is aimed at housing people at one place within similar houses thereby creating a small town within the larger city. In other words, the people living in the area will get plans for redeveloping their lands to the expected standards. The project was initiated by the Delhi Development Authority and awarded to the National Buildings Development Authority (NBCC) for implementation and realization of the dream. Once complete, the project will serve various categories of the Indian people ranging from workers and organizations.
The East Delhi hub project will be constructed on a seventy-five acre piece of land that is on the East of Delhi. The project is strategically located as if falls between two metro lines consisting of residential units and spaces for commercial units. The availability of all these infrastructures means that the population living in Karkardooma will not need to travel long distances in meeting their basic needs. People will bicycle or walk to various locations within the hub to meet their needs. The walking or cycling to places makes life cheap and easy as there are no costs incurred. Furthermore, the walking and cycling is an exercise that helps keep an individual fit. When this is the case, there is a great reduction of risk to a number of lifestyle diseases for an individual. In addition, the availability of recreational facilities at the hub ensures that a person and officers working within the hub get fully satisfied at one place. Therefore, the presence of the East Delhi Hub project remains one of the greatest projects leading to urbanization apart from developing the country.
The East Delhi Hub project targets both the high class and the low class. The project combines both the luxury serviced development condos and affordable homes. The availability of these two is important to the development of any city the world over. The rich neither stay alone nor are the poor. People live symbiotically, in that they need on one another for progress to occur. For instance, the rich need the poor to labor, and the poor need the rich for jobs. The give and take situation between the rich and the poor will automatically translate to the true meaning of the term “hub”. In this regard, therefore, the availability of housing for the low class and the high class makes it possible for the city to thrive economically. In addition, it brings uniformity and unity as the poor people feel accepted and appreciated. The feeling of acceptance and appreciation will translate to a hard working city where all the people strive to make end meet high productivity thus.
People the world over cry because of unemployment in their countries. For India, unemployment may be a bygone just because of the East Delhi Hub project that will create almost eight thousand jobs (Li, 2013). The project is based on the smart city principles where people need not travel long distances in search of jobs. People will live, work, and shop within the perimeters of the project. In other words, the project provides a self-contained lifestyle where people get all they need in the same place. Furthermore, the presence of these jobs and other facilities will facilitate the running of the Indian government. The businesses within the hub and the jobs will attract some tax from the government. The tax collected will help ensure that the Indian government runs smoothly. In addition, the taxes levied will ensure growth in the economy of India as the government will foot most of its bills without taking loans from other countries. When this is the case, the Indian citizens will live a comfortable life free of extra taxes courtesy of the East Delhi Hub project. Therefore, the implementation of this project will not only save the government, but also its citizens and the non-citizens working in India.
The implementation of the East Delhi Hub project will lead to increased foreign exchange in India. People from the world over will visit India with the intentions of learning on the implementation of the project and its importance to the people and the government. The visitations attract some fee through hotel bookings, meals and even flights to India. All these help empower people of India in various sectors and in different ways. Therefore, the presence of the project remains very beneficial through the foreign exchange and in empowering individual lives of the people of India. A number of countries have similar projects on paper but not on the ground. The countries fear the unknown in implementing their similar projects. India, therefore, stands a better chance of becoming the epitome of learning from these other countries. The project will be a pilot project that stands to act as a resource center for a number of countries.
On the other hand, the East Delhi Hub Project is anticipated to be a green project with a zero discharge. Therefore, all the wastes and sewage generated within the hub will be treated and recycled in-house. The recycling will ensure that life within the hub becomes cheap as most of the staff used is produced in-house. In addition, the recycling will ensure reduced pollution within the city hence a conducive and habitable environment for people and homes (Munshi, 2015). Further, there will be reduced cases of sickness resulting from the presence of a conducive environment. A conducive environment in any given area ensures increased productivity and reduced sickness of its people leading to an improved economy. A city with poor waste management experiences all sorts of pollution leading to people living in distant places from where they work. When this is the case productivity reduces leading to a dwindled economy. Therefore, the presence of a favorable and conducive environment for the Indian people courtesy of the East Delhi Hub project will translate to better working and living conditions for all within the city.
The fact that the East Delhi Hub project will come next to two metro stations, a regional railway station, a bus terminal, and residential colonies it will ensure that transportation facilities are up to standard (Asthana, & Shukla, 2014). In addition, all these people within the area will access all amenities on foot or by bicycle. The accessibility on foot will help decongest city roads thereby encouraging people to use public means of transport over personal modes of transport. The use of public means of transport helps in making life within the city cheaper as compared to using personal modes of transport. People use personal modes of transport because it is convenient in terms of time. Public modes of transport will equally be convenient in terms of time and money thus cheaper than the personal modes of transport. Decongesting of city roads translates to the faster movement for both the public and personal modes of transport but expensive in terms of fuel for personal modes. Personal modes only transport individuals thus there is no sharing of cost as it is the case in public modes of transport. Therefore, the East Delhi Hub project will facilitate the development of the other sides of the economy such as the public development.
Security remains an important aspect of any growing city. The fact that the East Delhi Hub project defines its security system with the intentions of protecting its people; it obviously remains a magnet to all forms of investment (Beall, Guha-Khasnobis, & Kanbur, 2010). The project states that there will be no setbacks and boundary walls around buildings. The absence of walls automatically improves ground visibility thus avoiding isolated back streets and corners where people can be attacked. In this regard, therefore, both the foreign and local investors will be attracted to come and invest in the city. When this is the case, the city will grow to a hub where everything is in-house. The intensive investing and development within the city will promote vertical growth from traditional to modern models. Therefore, the East Delhi Hub project proofs secure for people to invest in the mechanisms put in place.
Despite the fact of the East Delhi Hub project being a game changer if implemented well, there stand a number of challenges to achieving the ultimate dream. For instance, pooling the seventy-five acre of land is an uphill task (Elmqvist et al., 2013). Most land owners might be poor without the capability of redeveloping their land. Therefore, the need for similar structures may lead to some people losing their land hence becoming squatters in their own lands. In addition, the project risks stalling if it provided adequate parking space for the people within the hub (Dutt, 2003). The availability of parking space will discourage walk or cycle to work hence miss the ultimate goal. Therefore, the recreational facilities and other offices must be established within the hub to avoid the need to seek services elsewhere. Again, the availability of these facilities should be too close to discourage the use of a personal mode of transport thus encouraging walking.
In conclusion, development and urbanization are the major things countries and cities are looking forward to achieving. Some cities achieve as others fail terribly. All these, largely depend on the laid down strategies towards the achievement of a goal. In addition, achieving depends on the research done to determine the relevance of the project to its target population. In this regard, therefore, the East Delhi Hub project remains relevant to all its population towards developing and urbanizing the city (Delhi Development Authority, 2015). The fact that the project has undergone all the necessary states with reports of approval, it is evidence enough that it is relevant to the needs of the Indian citizens and the government at large. Furthermore, the fact that it provides jobs and helps people exercise is, therefore, the long awaited savior to the target population. The objectives of the East Delhi hub project meet the dear needs of the people of India hence its implementation will definitely skyrocket the economy of India. The country of India stands to have a stable economy through the implementation of the East Delhi Hub project as it is all inclusive. The project includes all categories of people ranging from the poverty stricken to the extremely rich (Keelor, 2015).
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