NEW DELHI: Two policies related to land, and each at cross purposes, especially in relation to commercial development, is giving the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) a tough time in their implementation. And until the inequalities in the two with regard to floor area ratio (FAR) are sorted, land development will continue to be an exercise fraught with anxiety.
For the Transit Oriented Development policy, the approved FAR, or the ratio between total floor area of a building and the plot size on which it is built, is 400. However, for the land polling policy it is lesser at 250. While the first policy aims to encourage development of areas around mass rapid transport corridors, such as the Delhi Metro, the second aims at creating large areas for commercial development after acquiring smaller plots from individual or group owners.
“If FAR is not the same under the policies, where is the incentive for people to invest in land pooling?” asked Vijender Gupta, BJP MLA from Rohini and member of the DDA. “Those who own land near the MRTS corridors will get the benefit of FAR of 400, but those who own land near the corridors that don’t fall under the policy will suffer. The commercial component should be the same in both the policies.”
DDA has taken up the matter with the Union urban development ministry as a large number of members at a recent meeting held to discuss the issue were of the view that FAR for land pooling should be revised.
However, urban planners argue that equal FAR for both the categories will adversely affect constructions around MRTS corridors. A higher FAR ensures effective use of land for commercial use in these areas. “The idea is to first develop areas around MRTS corridors, so that transportation services become available,” said a senior official.
DDA has started work on two projects in east Delhi and one in Dwarka based on the notified TOD policy. Any change in the policy now, sources say, will impact these projects. “The main issue is regarding implementation of the two policies in undeveloped areas. The matter will be studied carefully before a final decision is taken,” said a senior DDA official.
Meanwhile, the land-owning agency has been unable to begin work on implementing the land pooling policy because the AAP government is yet to notify 95 villages as development area from which pooled land would be released for commercial development.
Source: Economic Times
Dated: 7th March 2016