Tod: a move in the right di­rec­tion

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What is TOD? It stands for transit-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment and is pop­u­lar among plan­ners of cities that are de­pen­dent on pri­vate ve­hi­cles and also have large-scale ur­ban sprawls Es­sen­tial el­e­ments: It is pedes­trian-friendly, con­sists of a residential and com­mer­cial mix, is within easy walk­ing dis­tance of a transit sys­tem and fo­cuses on a high­qual­ity walk­ing en­vi­ron­ment Bone of con­tention: TODs can be both brown­field (ex­ist­ing de­vel­op­ments that are re­de­vel­oped if lo­cated along transit cor­ri­dors, rail cor­ri­dors, in­dus­trial land) and green­field (newly ac­quired land parcels) de­vel­op­ments Delhi leads the way: Delhi’s TOD pol­icy pro­vides for a higher FAR of 400, en­abling ver­ti­cal con­struc­tion or tall build­ings within the in­flu­ence zone ex­tend­ing to 500 me­tres on both sides of the MRTS. The Karkar­dooma pro­ject in east Delhi will lead the way TODs around the world: The Port­land Re­de­vel­op­ment pro­ject in the US lever­ages large-scale re­de­vel­op­ment in Port­land’s Pearl dis­trict, a neigh­bour­hood along a street­car route. Other ex­am­ples in­clude Cu­ritiba in Brazil, Copenhagen in the Nether­lands and Hong Kong

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