The 3Ds of tran­sit de­vel­op­ments

TODs are best characterised by high pop­u­la­tion den­sity, di­verse hous­ing for­mats and min­i­mum dis­tance from the Metro

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The main char­ac­ter­is­tics of TOD are best de­scribed w i t h t h e 3 D s. T h e s e in­clude (high) den­sity, di­ver­sity (of for­mats) and dis­tance (from trans­porta­tion fa­cil­ity such as a metro).

Be­sides the pop­u­la­tion, a TOD should in­clude di­verse in­come groups and mul­ti­ple res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial for­mats. It ought to be a mixed land use devel­op­ment and the dis­tance from the tran­sit too has to be min­i­mum. The Navi Mumbai devel­op­ment is a tran­sit ad­ja­cent devel­op­ment (TAD) but not a TOD.

The Karkar­dooma project will be the first TOD in the coun­try and if ex­e­cuted well, will set a trend, says Amit Bhatt, EM­BARQ – WRI.

It will be a game changer for the en­tire coun­try if it is ex­e­cuted in the right man­ner. The Karkar­dooma cor­ri­dor devel­op­ment is a green­field devel­op­ment and there­fore ac­quir­ing land is not an is­sue. If it ends up mak­ing a sub­stan­tial dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of en­vi­ron­ment which a TOD zone is ex­pected to pro­vide, it will trig­ger an in­ter­est for TODs, he adds.

The big­gest chal­lenge go­ing for­ward is how cities trans­late the TOD con­cept into ac­tion and en­sure that it does not end up be­com­ing yet an­other real es­tate project where ev­ery inch of space is a means to make a fast buck and gen­er­ate rev­enue, say city plan­ners.

Re­de­vel­op­ing land in other cor­ri­dors pro­posed in Chap­ter 19 on tran­sit ori­ented de­vel­op­ments in Mas­ter Plan 2021 may be a chal­lenge though.

It will be a chal­lenge wher­ever amal­ga­ma­tion of land is re­quired and wher­ever land own­er­ship is frag­mented. The ma­jor hur­dle faced in other cor­ri­dors will in­volve re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing peo­ple. But wher­ever DDA has un­en­cum­bered own­er­ship of land there will be no prob­lem in ex­e­cut­ing a TOD project, says Ramesh Menon of Certes Re­alty.

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