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