DDA allows more buildings in farm houses

Farm house owners in Delhi can now construct separate buildings within their farm house plots and also build staff quarters, thanks to new provisions approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday.

These decisions were part of the proposals for amendments to existing Low Density Residential Plots (LDRP) Provisions of the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 and regulations for regularisation of existing farm houses under the Delhi Development Act. 1957. The proposals, among others, were taken up in the meeting of the authority chaired by Delhi L-G Nujeeb Jung on Wednesday.

Existing farm houses in Delhi were regularised through notifications dated May 10, 2013 and June 18, 2013 as a modification to the MPD-2021. After notification of the policy, the process of regularisation of farm houses and sanction of new low density residential plots was undertaken by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi. There were, however, during the implementation process certain issues which were referred by the corporations to the DDA, which required clarifications in the notified LDRP policy/regulations, a DDA spokesperson said.

The DDA has now proposed to fix the floor area ratio at 3,000 square meters for farm house plots larger than one hectare, to prevent the construction of ‘palatial’ structures.

The DDA has also introduced a new provision for allowing a housing unit for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of 30 square meter size on one acre LDR plot, which will help build staff quarters.

Hands over parking lots to MCDs

In a move that would help the cash starved Municipal Corporations of Delhi, the DDA is going to transfer its parking sites in commercial centres to the concerned corporations.

The DDA feels that this move will boost the revenue stream of the MCDs and also ensure proper management, operation and maintenance of market complexes and efficient delivery of parking services to the public. A DDA spokesperson said that the respective corporation will be responsible to ensure maintenance of the parking sites and take action against encroachment or misuse.

The DDA has decided to simplify the procedure of levying misuse charges for DDA plots to make it less cumbersome and more people friendly.

These charges are levied for using a DDA plot for purposes other than those mentioned in the lease deed. The authority has decided that an affidavit can be now accepted in lieu of inspection by the DDA officials, with recent photographs and certification by way of affidavit from two witnesses or registered RWA certifying that there is no misuse of the respective property.

Source: The Hindu
Dated: 28th April 2016

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