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    No liquor shops, pubs, clubs in residential areas: DDA’s Master Plan amendments

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    Liquor shops, pubs, discotheques and clubs cannot be opened on any floor of buildings falling in residential areas in the city, according to the DDA, which today approved the proposed amendment in the Master Plan for Delhi 2021.

    In February, the urban body had processed the modifications, seeking to bring relief to traders from a sealing drive. However, the Supreme Court had last month issued a directive to the DDA to invite fresh feedback from the public over a period of 15 days on on the amendment.

    “As many as 814 objections and suggestions for shop-cum-residence category and 115 for godowns category were received within this stipulated time period. People objected to the earlier proposal of allowing liquor shops, pubs, discotheques and clubs in residential areas, and so the Authority factored it in and incorporated it,” a senior DDA official said.

    Besides this, a number of other public suggestions were also incorporated into the amendment, in the Authority meeting of the urban body at the Raj Niwas here, chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the chairman of the DDA, he said.

    “Liquor shops, bars, discotheques, pubs and clubs shall not be allowed in residential premises as mixed use (residential-cum-commercial),” the DDA said in a statement.

    The senior official said, it meant that an owner of a multi-storeyed building cannot open any such recreation facilities on any of its floor or in any part of the building.

    The proposed amendment in the Master Plan 2021 for Delhi, includes bringing a uniform floor-area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes at par with residential plots.

    Some areas developed prior to 1962 like Lajpat Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Kamla Nagar, having concentration of commercial activities, may continue subject to conditions prescribed under the mixed use regulations. Shop-cum-residence complexes shall be allowed to continue with the activities permissible in local shopping centre, subject to few conditions, the statement said.

    However, activities which are non-polluting, non-hazardous and not prohibited by law in residential areas shall be permitted, it said.

    Among other proposals, it was also approved that “amount collected on account of various charges will be credited to a designated fund (escrow account) to be used exclusively for augmentation of infrastructure facilities and amenities (parking, public toilets, water supply) of capital nature”.

    In order to promote parking, the owner of the plot will be allowed to amalgamate the plots up to minimum plot size of 1,000 sqm, to provide additional parking on the amalgamated plot, the DDA said.

    “Such plots shall be entitled for a rebate of 50 per cent in conversion charges. In case, there is no parking facility available in the vicinity, local body concerned may declare such areas as pedestrianised shopping streets or areas. Public transport authority shall ensure last-mile connectivity to these areas,” it said.

    Proposed norms for redevelopment of godowns clusters existing in non-conforming areas are to be inserted as part of a new paragraph in Chapter 6 — Wholesale Trade as a modification to MPD – 2021, the DDA said.

    “Stand-alone godowns having direct access of minimum 30 m road and having storage of non-polluting and non-hazardous materials, shall be allowed,” the DDA said.

    Some decisions related to draft Regulations for Enabling the Planned Development of Privately Owned Lands were also taken.

    These regulations shall apply to the land parcels having activities or uses that were already in existence before the notification of MPD-1962, among other types of land.

    They shall not applicable to land parcels in the ridge, regional park, reserved forest areas, land parcels in monuments regulated zones, among other categories of land, the DDA said in the statement.

    The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) welcomed the approval by the DDA to various amendments to be made in Master Plan 2021 and termed it as a “positive step” by the central government to resolve the sealing issue in Delhi.

    Source: The Economic Times
    Dated: 20th June 2018

    DDA gets 300 responses on master plan changes

    Category : Blog

    NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority has received more than 300 suggestions and objections to its proposed modifications for Delhi Master Plan 2021. Based on the feedback, DDA is going to hold a public hearing soon on the proposed modifications.

    Following the Supreme Court’s directive, DDA had on May 26 put the proposed modifications in the public domain for suggestions and objections. The last date for sending them was till Saturday and DDA has received more than 300 responses, a DDA spokesperson said.

    In February, DDA had processed the modifications to provide relief to traders facing the ongoing sealing drive by developing control norms for shop-cum-residence plots. On May 15, the apex court allowed the Centre to proceed with the amendments after inviting objections and suggestions from the public for 15 days and considering the feedback.

    “We have received a lot of responses but there was also a lot of duplication. Many people have sent their suggestions through email as well as letters and we had to consolidate the suggestions,” said the DDA spokesperson.

    A DDA official said that all these responses have been duly recorded and are being studied to find out the different issues mentioned. “Once the responses are processed, the next step would be to hold a public hearing,” a DDA official said. “We will inform and invite everyone,” he said.

    “The public hearing could be carried out in a single day or stretch for a couple of days. This depends on the suggestions and objections we have received and we would not leave any issue untouched that has been raised by the people,” he said. “The public hearing would be divided into different sessions and each session would be conducted for one hour or one-and-a-half-hours. We would invite people in batches of 25 for each session and the public hearing would continue for the entire day,” he said. The public hearing is expected to be held next week.

    As per the proposed amendments, there would be a uniform Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for both residential and commercial plots. The permissibility of basement for commercial or professional activities will also be there in shop-cum-residential plots as already applicable for mixed use or commercial streets. Other service professionals like IT professionals, real estate agents, matrimonial services have also been permitted to use basement.

    Source: Times Of India
    Dated: 10th June 2018

    Land pooling policy ready and “board of hearing” to be held by month-end: DDA VC

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructure on the pooled land and return a portion of the plot to the farmer who can execute housing projects with the help of private builders.

    Delhi Development Authority vice-chairman Udai Pratap Singh has said the land pooling policy was ready and “board of hearing” would be held by month-end.

    “Hopefully by July-end, the policy on land pool will be submitted to the ministry which will notify it,” he told reporters at a press briefing organised by the housing and urban affairs ministry.

    Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, community centres, stadia on the pooled land and return a portion of the plot to the farmer who can execute housing projects with the help of private builders.

    Earlier this week, housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri had told Moneycontrol in an exclusive interaction that all the work on the land pooling policy had been done.

    “Land pooling got mixed up with master Plan amendment. Now that the court has lifted its stay we are in the process of the 15- day consultation. That 15-day consultation period will be over on June 9. We will then listen to people, have meetings, people now have got time to submit their suggestions. So, my answer to land pooling is… very soon.”

    In March, a parliamentary panel had pulled up DDA for delay in finalizing the policy, even five years after it was notified.

    Land pooling in Delhi is expected to meet the residential needs of about 95 lakh people besides stimulating economic growth. It was earlier to be in place by end of April this year.

    In December last year, the policy was simplified for speedy execution. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was to 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. The last date for receiving objections and suggestions from the public was February 24.

    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. At the December meeting it had decided to do away with this requirement and said that land title will continue to be with the original landowners.

    DDA was also asked to ensure single-window clearance mechanism for according necessary approvals for speedy implementation.

    Said Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty Ltd, “The objections and suggestion made by experts to the Chapter 19 of the MPD 2021 needs to be addressed immediately, and the process of engagement between DDA, the DE and the landowners need to be formalised. Wherever needed, experts from the private sector should be roped in for effectively defining the process.”

    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 incentivise 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 landowners after infrastructure development if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48 percent would be returned 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 per cent, 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.

    Menon says that “instead of relying on the in-house expertise of DDA, the assistance of organisations with management bandwidth, financial understanding & ground level expertise should be enlisted to fast-track the process of operationalisation”

    The main challenges before DDA are three-fold – what will the actual operationalisation mechanism be like – the process of re-allotment (how will the 60 percent land be returned to the developer), when will spatial and services planning be initiated by DDA for the five zones and finally how will it put in place infrastructure and manpower to provide the last mile connect with people.

    ”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,” adds Menon.

    Source: Money Control
    Dated: 10th June 2018

    Master plan can’t be amended without public suggestions: SC


    DDA seeks to amend the Master Plan to increase the floor area ratio to provide relief to those facing sealing action.

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused to modify on Thursday its order directing Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to invite suggestions and objections to the proposed amendments in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD), saying changes in the MPD cannot be brought about without a meaningful public participation.

    A bench of justices MB Lokur and Navin Sinha also pulled up the government for seeking a modification of its May 15 order that allowed the government to go ahead with changes in MPD but only 15 days after inviting public objections and views on its proposal. DDA was also slammed for raising the “bogey” of “public order and law and order” problems to justify the three-day time period it had given earlier to raise objections to the amendments. SC had on March 6 stopped DDA from notifying the amended MPD that increases the floor area ratio with an intention to provide relief to commercial establishments from the anti-sealing drive.

    SC, which revived sealing and demolition of unauthorized structures in the Capital, said Delhi is being ravaged by unauthorised encroachments and none of the civic authorities, including DDA sincerely carry out its statutory duties.

    “It is painful to require the issuance of directions to statutory authorities to carry out their functions in accordance with the law enacted by Parliament. Unfortunately, the situation in Delhi warranted such a direction due to the apathy civic authorities,” the judges said in the judgement given in response to DDA’S plea to modify the May 15 order.

    Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing DDA, had said there was no need for suggestions and objections because it had undertaken the exercise earlier in March. Before incorporating the changes in the MPD-2021 DDA had give three days to the public for the suggestions. But SC found it unreasonable on DDA’S part to reduce the

    90-day period. “We are at a loss to understand the hyper-reaction and how changes in the Master Plan are sought without any meaningful public participation with perhaps an intent to satisfy lobbies and curtailing a period of 90 days to just three,” the judges said.

    The court had enquired from DDA the reasons for reducing the statutory period. It was told that the rules allowed it on the ground to maintain public order. However, when the court asked for an instance, the DDA had failed to provide any except submitting orally that there were riots in Delhi. “We were also not told of any exigency that could affect the interest of the public which necessitated curtailing the period of 90 days,” court noted in its order.

    Source: Hindustan Times
    Dated: 25th May 2018

    Sealing relief: SC allows changes in Master Plan

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    ‘Take A Final Call After Considering All Grievances’
    In a big relief to all those facing the sealing drive in Delhi on illegal constructions and businesses running from residential premises, the Supreme Court allowed the Centre on Tuesday to proceed with amending the Master Plan 2021 but directed it to invite objections from residents and take a final call only after considering them.

    A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Navin Sinha directed the Centre to publish its proposed amendments in the Master Plan in leading newspapers and grant 15 days’ time to the residents to file their objections.

    The court modified its earlier order that had restrained the Centre from going ahead with any amendments in the city’s Master Plan.

    City’s future needs taken into account: DDA

    Facing tough time in the SC for allegedly trying to protect the interests of traders at the cost of residents and not taking action against unbridled unauthorised constructions in the city, the Centre for the first time fielded Attorney General K K Venugopal to defend the government.

    The AG reminded the bench that the judiciary could not restrain the executive from making policy and that the apex court’s order restraining it from amending the master plan was wrong and had to rectified.

    “Staying of amendments created a lot of problems. The government cannot be restrained from making a policy which is for the benefit of the people. The question of examining the validity of policy by the judiciary arises only after it is enforced. I am trying to cooperate with the court and DDA is also cooperating on the issue,” Venugopal said.

    The bench, however, said it did not doubt the bona fide of the Centre but if amendments were allowed, the damage would already be done before it examined the legality of the decision. It also questioned the Centre for reducing conversion charges from 10 times to 1.5 times for traders to allow them to run business from residential floors.

    Venugopal insisted that the amendments were for betterment of the common man and the Centre should be given the ‘benefit of doubt’ and allowed to make changes in the master plan. “There is a separation of powers and it is for the executive to decide what law is to be passed and judiciary cannot get into it. Similarly policy issues cannot be neutralised by court. If the Supreme Court says penalty should be ten times, I will ask the authorities concerned to consider it but it is not for the court to say so,” he said.

    Citing tremendous influx of people in the national capital, he said changes in the Master Plan were needed to accommodate the growing population by allowing mixed land use. After AG assured the court that objections of residents on the proposed amendments would be examined by the Centre, the bench gave the green signal to go ahead with amendments to the plan.

    “The modifications had been carried out from time to time while keeping in view the need for growing population of Delhi and also the existing ground realities and future needs of the city, following the principle of service-seeker and serviceprovider to be in the same neighbourhood so as to curtail transportation. Provisions have also been made in the MPD 2021 for minimum 15% of the proposed FAR to be constructed for community service personnel/ EWS and lower category,” the DDA said while justifying the amendments.

    Source: Times of India
    Dated: 16th May 2018


    GREEN BELT IN DELHI – Is the excitement misplaced?

    Category : Blog

    The authorities displayed amazing alacrity & brusqueness during the past one-year while dealing with the Farm Houses in Delhi, both existing & the fresh supply. Agreed, the Farmhouse policy was christened ‘Country Homes’ and in it’s final avatar, the ‘Low density residential plots (LDRP)’. “The fallacy of policy making being the belief that the mere change in nomenclature can be harmless”.

    The question for the landholders as well as the investors is – What’s in it for me & whether my investment into Delhi Farms is safe?

    For starters, the readers of this column are as confused today, as the author, and the authorities are no better. Let me share the problems that beset this investment opportunity.

    • Multiplicity of authorities – DDA prepares the master plan, Ministry of Urban development approves 7 notifies them, MCD becomes the implementing agency, tries to get work done through the Chief town planners’ office, who waits for the respective master plan for water by the Delhi Jal board, who wait for electricity point by the private distribution companies, who wait for allotment of land by DDA !!!!!

     That ladies & gentlemen, is the perfect example of a vicious circle. How does the short-term investor extricate his  expectations of ‘Huge’ profits from this labyrinth of (mis) management?

    • Hastily drawn policies – After the master plan MPD 2021 was notified by DDA in Feb’ 2007, there was little or No progress till the late 2012. Suddenly, there seemed an uncanny haste to push through select portions of the MPD 2021, rather than wait for the review to end, and bring out a more holistic zonal & local area plans. These notifications haven’t been thought through, and the implementing agencies struggle for clarity or whose responsibility is vested where.
    • Existing infrastructure – Except roads, which largely are still private in nature, infrastructure is a mere word in the tony areas of farm houses, which are being sold upwards of 20 crores per dwelling unit. The DDA, MCD & revenue department is not in consonance about the roads & other infra created on private land.
    • New Infrastructure – Social & Physical – It’s Ok to christen certain number of villages as LDRP villages, but no thought seems to have been spared for the infrastructure. When a certain area is being re-densified, provisions for roads, water, sewer, and other trunk infrastructure have to be created. Where would the land for these amenities come from?
    • Town planning norms – There seems to be a general perception that the multiple authorities seek to push the envelope into the others’ domain, and avoid ‘belling the cat’. Ignoring the problem don’t solve them, always, especially on urbanization. Unless consonance is achieved, the layout plans, building sanction plans & other mandatory approvals cannot be achieved in the short run.
    • Impatient investor(s) seeking quick returns – Many a recent investors into the MPD Green belt opportunity have jumped in without expert assistance, and have been promised abnormal returns, within impractical timelines. The fact is, those who are investing today need to be sure on their exit, rather than get swayed by the promised profits.
    • Lack of experts – There aren’t many who can advise on the entire spectrum of services on DelhiFarms, encompassing the various notifications, some contradictory, and assist the investor meet his desired IRRs. Also, the landowners who might be stuck holding onto multi million $ worth of land assets, which can get converted to residential dwelling units, seek experts who can successfully assist in the same.

    This post is not a scare, nor ‘throw in of the towel’, but a pragmatic post on the problem as on date. However, with the private sector expertise coming together voluntarily, and assisting the government (if only they can seek on time), this too shall be overcome.

    We continue to be motivated by Mark Twain’s advise ~ “Buy Land, they don’t make em’ anymore”

    The author is the founding Director of Certes Realty Ltd, an expert organization on Delhi Masterplan MPD 2021 &






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

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    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

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    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

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