On the occasion of completion of 40 years of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, I am happy to present to you this revamped website. The Delhi Urban Art Commission ( DUAC ) has been established way back in the year 1974 under an Act of the Parliament in order to "advise the Government of India in the matter of preserving, developing and maintaining the aesthetic quality of urban and environmental design within Delhi and to provide advice and guidance to any local body in respect of any project of building operations or engineering operations or any development proposal which affects or is like to affect the skyline or the aesthetic quality of the surroundings or any public amenity provided therein". The Commission plays a three fold role a policy advisor to the Government of India, a regulatory body and a think tank.
Over the last four decades, the DUAC has conducted many studies, exhibitions and conferences and brought to light many key issues related to the aesthetic development of the national capital. The Commission continues to provide advice to the Government of India on important policy matters related to the development of Delhi. One of the major initiatives taken up in the recent past is the Hi Tech Public Toilet project which has also received the WB Award for Best Public Design. The implementation of this by the local bodies in the city would go a long way in achieving the overall goals of 'Swacch Bharat'.
Another major contribution made by the DUAC has been the overhauling of Building Byelaws by introducing several new and innovative features, through a series of consultations with various stakeholders.
In tune with the overall goal of achieving 'ease of doing business', the DUAC is actively working on introducing an online system of regulatory approvals which will not only streamline the processes but also reduce time and improve industry-government interface for increasing investment creating more employment and betterment of the economy as a whole.
In order to enhance the overall quality of the aesthetic environment in the city, DUAC is also actively working on an Art Master Plan for the city so that public art in the urban spatial realm could be promoted.
Let us all work towards a clean, green and beautiful national capital.