DMIC Greenfield Megacity Concept Plan
Scott Wilson India Pvt. Ltd.
Master Planning & Sustainability Consultant
Community Design + Architecture (CD+A) staff were retained by Scott Wilson India as master planning and sustainability experts to develop a concept plan for a new city of one million residents. The 100 square kilometer site is located in the state of Maharashtra, India and is one of eight cities to be developed along the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The goal for the new city is to become a global destination for knowledge-based and high tech manufacturing investments and employment, while championing green development and principles of sustainability to minimize environmental impacts.
The site presented some topographic challenges that required sensitivity to natural hydrology and a creative approach to designing a road network for local and regional access. CD+A identified key natural hydrological networks and provided open space buffers to allow for bio-infiltration of stormwater, and to create a continuous network of open space corridors, allowing local flora and fauna to migrate through the area. These natural corridors will also incorporate pedestrian and bike trails to provide a network of non-motorized accessways throughout the city for travel & recreation. With the open space network as a base, CD+A developed three concepts utilizing a 'centers and corridors approach' to connect the buildable areas, thereby maximizing development intensities around walkable urban areas and transit corridors while preserving sensitive open spaces.
The concept plan introduced several smart growth and sustainability concepts that were incorporated into defining the hierarchy of interconnected centers. Industrial zones were strategically placed to have ready access to regional transportation networks and proximity to mixed-use centers with a collection of retail, office and residential uses and related amenities, thus making the industrial zones more self-sufficient during the phased development of the city, and allowing the mixed use centers and employment areas to be well-served by transit. The location and layout of the primary city center was determined through consideration of the visual context of the terrain. It is located on the center on a plateau and enjoys sweeping vistas of the surrounding plains.
The concept plan is part of the larger industrial corridor project and will serve as a guiding document for the next phase of master planning for the new city.