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    ‘This dadagiri has to stop’: SC puts Delhi Master Plan 2021 changes on hold

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    The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which works under the union government and is the city’s land developer, had suggested the changes to protect traders from a sealing drive in the Capital.

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed proposed changes to Delhi’s Master Plan for 2021 that gave relief to commercial establishments by increasing floor area ratio (FAR).

    The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which works under the union government and is the city’s land developer, had suggested the changes to protect traders from a sealing drive in the Capital.

    “This dadagiri has to stop. You can’t tell this court that you keep passing orders but we will do what we want to. Is this rule of law?” the court said.

    The court was upset as the DDA failed to respond to its query on whether it had undertaken a study to assess the environmental impact of the changes in the plan.

    During the last hearing, the court had slammed DDA for refusing to learn from past tragedies, and labelled it the “Delhi Destruction Authority”.

    A bench headed by justice Madan B Lokur had said the DDA was buckling under pressure to bring in the proposed changes, and not looking at the interests of a larger section of Delhi’s residents.

    Uniform FAR of 350 for shop-cum-residential plots, use of basements to run businesses and rationalisation of conversion charges are among the proposed changes.

    The DDA also proposed that outlets serving alcohol in residential localities would have to shift and pubs would be given six months to shift from such areas.

    The sealing, being carried out under the supervision of an SC monitoring committee, is being conducted in areas where commercial and mixed-land use is not permitted or where extra floors have been built and balcony and basement were being used illegally.

    Source: Hindustan Times
    Dated: 6th March 2018


    DDA probe panel submits recommendations to L-G

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    Meeting is scheduled next week
    The board of enquiry of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday submitted recommendations for amendments to the Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2021, said Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta.

    “The DDA authority meeting will be held on February 27 at Lieutenant-Governor’s Office for acceptance of the recommendations,” said Mr. Gupta.

    The recommendations have been submitted after taking into account the objections and suggestions put forth by individuals, traders and residents’ welfare associations after the DDA announced the proposed amendments.

    The DDA had earlier proposed amendments to MPD 2021 by introducing uniform Floor Area Ratio for both commercial and residential properties. Since December, a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee has been carrying out sealing drives here along with the civic bodies. Delhi traders have been protesting against the ongoing sealing drives since the past few weeks.

    Source: The Hindu
    Dated: 24th February 2018


    Decongesting Delhi: Mega plan to link Capital’s ring rail, Metro network

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    Decongesting Delhi: Mega plan to link Capital’s ring rail, Metro network

    The railways is also looking at creating a separate bypass for freight trains to reduce the load on tracks that ferry passengers.

    The rail ministry has set the wheels in motion to revive and integrate Delhi’s 43-year-old ring rail system with the Metro in a bid to give the Capital a comprehensive suburban network that will unclog the city’s roads, railway minister Piyush Goyal said.

    Goyal added the integrated network, coupled with Metro interchanges, can make “50% cars go off the roads”. He said that a study had been ordered to work out what would be needed to make this project work.

    The railways is also looking at creating a separate bypass for freight trains to reduce the load on tracks that ferry passengers. “Delhi being in the heart of country, four railways come through Delhi. So the whole Delhi network is clogged like crazy. (With the bypass), whichever train that doesn’t have to come to Delhi will bypass it,” the minister said.

    Delhi has 35 km of ring rail network that criss-crosses the 231-km Metro network at several locations. But due to lack of planning, the link between the Metro and rail systems has not been established.

    “My officers are already deputed to study a plan for Delhi built around the (suburban) ring railway. Metro interchanges will be there (on top of this). Metro has been a boon for Delhi. Suburban railway, coupled with Metro interchanges, can make literally 50% cars go off roads,” Goyal said.

    All seven members of Parliament from Delhi recently met the railway minister and demanded redevelopment and decongestion of the city’s railway stations and suggested that a suburban network could improve connectivity. “We requested the minister to have AC coaches in the suburban railway to attract commuters and improve the existing network. The decongestion of areas around stations was also taken up to make it accessible,” said Maheish Girri, the BJP MP from East Delhi.

    According to a senior railway official, a feasibility study has been commissioned to look at the best plan suited for Delhi.

    “The study will suggest whether we need to build new lines or linkages to connect the Metro and ring rail systems with each other. We are most probably looking at linkages and interchanges with the Metro system,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

    The minister and the official did not give details of the estimated cost of the project.

    The ring rail system was constructed in 1975 for carrying goods, and started running passenger trains during the 1982 Asian Games.

    The study will also focus on existing and proposed Master Plans and land-use planning along the ring rail routes. “For the revival of ring railway, we need to assess the requirement for additional land for tracks and stations, approach roads and integration facilities,” another railway officer added.

    “A suburban rail network is important for any city as the average speed is faster than the Metro system. When the ring rail system was built in Delhi, it was expected to carry a bulk of commuters. But stations have not been properly integrated with the road and the Metro networks. If revived, it will supplement the Delhi Metro and new lines can be built depending on the requirement,” said CB Rao, former director (projects) of the Delhi Metro who has also worked with the Indian Railways as its chief track engineer.

    Experts say proper integration with other modes of transport and awareness about the service will be key to ring rail’s revival. “The system is there waiting to be utilised. Delhi’s Metro stations are landmarks in themselves but no one knows about ring rail stations as they are not visible. If these things are done, it will give a much-needed boost to not only ring rail but to the entire Delhi transport system,” said Ryan Christopher Sequeira, deputy manager of transport planning at the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System.

    Source: Hindustan Times
    Dated: 15th February 2018


    Delhi Master Plan 2021: DDA to hold public hearing on weekend

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed amendments in the Master Plan 2021 on Friday and Saturday. It has received over 600 responses from the public till Wednesday, which was the last day for submitting suggestions/objections.

    DDA officials said that a committee will examine all the responses. “Based on the inputs, the committee will rework the proposed amendments. It will then be placed in the authority. If approved, , it will be send to the ministry for notification,” said an official.

    Source: Times of India
    Dated: 8th February 2018


    DDA planning to amend Master Plan 2021; ministry proposes uniform FAR

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    Housing ministry proposes some amendments that are expected to be taken up in DDA’s meeting on Feb 2

    In an attempt to provide relief to traders from the ongoing sealing drive, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning to amend Delhi’s Master Plan 2021, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.

    Commercial premises of several traders have been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021.

    The ministry has proposed some amendments that are expected to be taken up in DDA’s meeting scheduled to be held on Friday (February 2).

    The ministry has proposed providing for a uniform Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in shop-cum-residential plots, complexes operating in commercial streets, residential areas, commercial and local shopping centres.

    Depending on the size of the plot, the maximum FAR allowed in local shopping centers as of now is 180 which is now likely to increase to 300. This means that they may now get more ground coverage and floors — from the earlier three storeys to four. Also, LSCs notified in the Master Plan are allowed FAR of 180 whereas it’s 300 on streets that were notified as commercial in 2006.

    “We are actually going to address the Master Plan…It will need amendment and we are in the process of amending the Master Plan with a view to resolving the issues,” Puri said.

    He said the ministry has also proposed to allow commercial activities in basement in all commercial streets subject to the payment of charges.

    The ministry is also preparing a policy for godown clusters existing in non-conforming areas.

    Public suggestions and objections will be invited for the proposed amendments.

    Puri said the ministry has also decided to decrease the number of days for which the notification has to be put in public domain from 45 days to three considering the situation’s urgency.

    On Tuesday evening, a high-level meeting chaired by Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri and attended by Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, housing secretary DS Mishra, three municipal commissioners, NDMC chief Naresh Kumar and DDA vice chairman Udai Pratap Singh deliberated over various options including amending Delhi’s Master Plan, increasing the amount of construction allowed on a plot of land.

    Experts have welcomed the move.

    “Uniformity in FAR in consonance with the MPD 2021 was the need of the hour. Sadly, the government at the Center and the state have been reactive rather than proactive. Even the building bye laws have to address the services like water, waste and parking in these already densified areas. Yet another example of bureaucratic multiplicity of agencies within Delhi wherein the buck does not stop anywhere. Policy making and implementation cannot be mutually exclusive. Sadly, Delhi grapples with the challenge of laws created by multiple agencies over the past four decades, which haven’t been practically applied within MPD 2021, wherein subsequent law-keepers apply it with impunity leading to consumer harassment,” says Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty.

    Source: Money Control.com
    Dated: 2nd February 2018


    Land pooling in Delhi further simplified

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    Now DDA to act only as facilitator

    Transfer of pooled land to DDA not required; Single window approvals for speedy execution

    Land pooling in Delhi, which is expected to meet the residential needs of about 95 lakh people besides stimulating economic growth, has now been further simplified for speedy execution. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now act as a facilitator and planner as against the role initially envisaged for it as a part of simplification of execution of land pooling policy, ministry sources said.

    Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal met in Nirman Bhawan and discussed various aspects of the Land Pooling Policy and decided to make some changes in the policy decided earlier. Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (HUA) and Vice Chairman of DDA, also participated in the discussion.

    Originally, land pooled under the policy was to be transferred to DDA which was to act as the Developer Entity (DE) and undertake further sectoral planning and development of infrastructure in the pooled land. The Minister and LG today decided to do away with this requirement and land title continues to be with the original land owners.

    DDA was asked to immediately initiate spatial and services planning for the five zones covered under Land Pooling Policy so that the policy could be given immediate effect after finalisation of regulations under the Policy.

    While both the Minister and LG expressed concerns over delay in implementing Land Pooling Policy, Puri thanked Baijal for his initiative in having 89 villages declared as urban areas under the Delhi Municipal Act, 1957 and 95 villages as development areas, as required for the implementation of land pooling.

    DDA was directed to formulate necessary regulations under the Policy in accordance with the changes in a month’s time. DDA was also asked to ensure single-window clearance mechanism for according necessary approvals for speedy implementation, sources said.

    Land Pooling Policy covers the greenfield areas in five zones viz., J, K-1, L, N and P-II coming under the Master Plan of Delhi-2021. To incentivize dense development for effective utilization of scarce land resource in the national capital, the policy permits enhanced FAR of 400 as against the present 150. To promote affordable housing, an additional FAR of 15 percent is also allowed.

    About 22,000 hectares of land is expected to be pooled which could meet the needs of about 95 lakh people. Land pooling would catalyse economic, social and civic development of the national capital besides triggering substantial investments and employment generation.

    Under the Land Pooling Policy, 60 percent of pooled land would be returned to land owners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48 percent, if the land pooled, is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60 percent of returned land, 53 percent will be for residential purposes, 5 percent for city level commercial use and 2 percent for public and semi-public use. In the other case, the same would be 43 percent, 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

    Affordable houses for Economically Weaker Sections to be built under the policy shall be of the size of 32-40 sq mt. Half of this housing stock shall be retained by the Developer Entity to house Community Service People working for the residents/owners of the Group Housing. These houses will be built at the site or at premises contiguous to the site allotted. The other half of affordable houses shall be sold to DDA at the base cost of Rs 2,000 per sq ft for further sale to beneficiaries.

    Experts say that DDA doesn’t seem to have the in-house expertise to master plan such a large land mass. It should revisit the earlier global Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite global organisations to design modern and smart zonal plans..”DDA doesn’t have the last mile connect and infrastructure to handle the physical operationalisation of land pooling. Multiple agencies like DJB, MCD etc. have to be roped in, and policy interventions to be made immediately to augment the infrastructure needs of these proposed smart zones. Do not repeat the mistakes of Rohini and Dwarka,” says Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty.

    Source: MoneyControl.com
    Dated: 12th October 2017


    Land Pooling in Delhi further simplified; DDA now to act as only facilitator

    • Transfer of pooled land to DDA not required; Single Window approvals for speedy execution
    • DDA asked to prepare regulations in a month; Also to start spatial and service planning
    • HUA Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and LG of Delhi discuss Policy in detail
    • Expected land pooling of 22,000 hectares to boost economic activity

    Land pooling in Delhi, expected to meet the rising demand for residential and other needs besides stimulating economic growth is now further simplified for speedy execution. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now act more as a facilitator and planner as against the role initially envisaged for it as a part of simplification of execution of land pooling policy.

    Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and Lt. Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal met in Nirman Bhawan and discussed various aspects of the Land Pooling Policy and decided to make some changes in the policy decided earlier. Shri Duga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (HUA) and Vice-Chairman of DDA also participated in the discussion.

    Originally, land pooled under the Policy was to be transferred to DDA which was to act as the Developer Entity (DE) and undertake further sectoral planning and development of infrastructure in the pooled land. The Minister and LG today decided to do away with this requirement and land title continues to be with the original land owners.

    DDA was asked to immediately initiate spatial and services planning for the five zones covered under Land Pooling Policy so that the policy could be given immediate effect after finalization of regulations under the Policy.

    While both the Minister and LG expressed concern over delay in implementing Land Pooling Policy, Shri Puri thanked Shri Baijal for his initiative in having 89 villages declared as urban areas under the Delhi Municipal Act, 1957 and 95 villages as Development Areas, as required for the implementation of land pooling. DDA was directed to formulate necessary regulations under the Policy in accordance with the changes in a month time. DDA was also asked to ensure single window clearance mechanism for according necessary approvals for speedy implementation.

    Land Pooling Policy covers the greenfield areas in five zones viz., J, K-1, L, N and P-II coming under the Master Plan of Delhi-2021. To incentivize dense development for effective utilization of scarce land resource in the national capital, the Policy permits enhanced FAR of 400 as against the present 150. To promote affordable housing, an additional FAR of 15% is also allowed.

    About 22,000 hectares of land is expected to be pooled which could meet the needs of about 95 lakh people. Land pooling would catalyse economic, social and civic development of the national capital besides triggering substantial investments and employment generation.

    Under the Land Pooling Policy, 60% of pooled land would be returned to land owners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48% if the land pooled is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60% of returned land, 53% will be for residential purpose, 5% for city level commercial use and 2% for Public and Semi-public use. In the other case, the same would be 43%, 3% and 2% respectively.

    Affordable houses for Economically Weaker Sections to be built under the Policy shall be of the size of 32-40 sq.mtres. Half of this housing stock shall be retained by the Developer Entity to house Community Service People working for the residents/owners of the Group Housing. These houses will be built at the site or at premises contiguous to the site allotted. The other half of affordable houses shall be sold to DDA at the base cost of Rs.2,000 per sq.ft for further sale to beneficiaries.

    Source: PIB
    Dated: 12th October 2017


    Centre pushes for vertical growth amid rising urban space demands

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    NEW DELHI: Considering the limited availability of land in urban areas, the ministry of housing and urban affairs has advocated for compact, dense and vertical urban densification. It believes that vertical growth is beneficial to both the citizens given the rising demand for urban spaces and urban mass transit systems being developed and proposed to be developed.

    To ensure better utilization of scarce urban land resources in the context of rapid urbanization in the country, minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri on Saturday directed a review of floor space index (FSI) and floor area ration (FAR) norms in megacities.

    Officials said that the minister referred to the recommendation of NITI Ayog for relaxation of Floor FSI and FAR norms in urban areas to give a push to urban development and asked the ministry officials to take up a time-bound review of these norms in all the 53 cities with a population of one million and above each. “He also suggested a similar review for State Capitals with less than million population each in due course. The review to be taken up in consultation with States and cities is to cover an assessment of the existing norms and to what extent it could be enhanced,” said a senior official of the ministry.

    Expressing concern over poor public transport infrastructure in cities, Puri stressed on the need for integrated land use and transport planning with the objective of promoting compact and dense urban development to minimize the use of personal motorized transport.

    Referring to NITI Ayog Report, Puri said “In 1984, Shanghai had only 3.65 sq.mt of space per person. Through liberal use of FSI, despite increase in population since 1984, the city had increased the available space to 34 sq.mt per person. In contrast, in 2009, Mumbai on average had just 4.50 sq.mt of space per person”. The minister further noted that increasing the availability of land in urban areas is critical to meet the demand for affordable housing under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

    The minister also expressed concern over what he called the crisis like situation with regard to urban mobility and urged all the States to set up Unified Metropolitan Transport Authorities in all the 53 cities with over million population each to ensure integration among all modes of transport on a regional basis.

    Stating that Metro Rail is not an end in itself to solve urban mobility problems but only one of the means, the Minister called for a holistic approach with proper integration of various modes of transport based on local context.

    The Minister said “It is difficult to imagine Delhi without Metro Rail which is now carrying about 30 lakh passengers every day”.

    Referring to the explosion of vehicles on the roads, Puri noted that there were 825 million cars in the world in 2010 and the same is expected to rise to 1,600 million in 2035 and to 2,100 million in 2050 which has the potential of bringing cities to a grinding halt.

    FACTBOX:

    FSI is the ratio of a building’s total floor area to the size of the piece of the land on which it is built.
    In Indian cities, it is generally about 1.50, which is said to be on the lower side given the needs of rapid urbanization.

    Source: The New Indian Express
    Dated: 16th September 2017


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