DDA sets 3-year goal for Delhi’s first smart city

Delhi’s first smart city will be a reality in three years from now. With the iconic 100-storey tower being the key attraction, the East Delhi Hub at Karkardooma, the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) flagship project, will also comprise residential units, green cover and recreational facilities.

The construction will be undertaken by the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore. “We have set a deadline of three years for this project. However, this is subject to change,” said Anoop Mittal, managing director, NBCC, while unveiling the model of the project on Wednesday. The hub will come up on transit-oriented development (ToD) norms.

The NBCC will maintain the city for 30 years after its completion. “The project will be completed in phases and the first phase will be completed within 36 months,” the MoU said. The iconic tower will be more than 300 metre high. “The tower shall have restaurants, shopping facilities,offices, hotel and service apartments. At the top of the iconic tower, there will be several rooftop revolving discotheques and cafes, as well as a helipad for emergency and medical services,” DDA officials said.

The smart city will have connectivity with two Metro stations, Anand Vihar and Karkardooma, a railway terminal and ISBT at Anand Vihar. The hub is expected to create approximately 8,000 jobs. “All green areas and parks shall have natural storm water management systems integrated within them. All rain water falling on the site will be recycled to replenish the ground water table,” said DDA’s vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar.

LAND-POOLING POLICY

The implementation of DDA’s land-pooling policy has been further delayed. The Union urban development ministry has asked the DDA to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) for construction to be undertaken by private developers under this policy. This, according to officials, will further delay the notification for the policy which is pending before the ministry. DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said the policy has been approved but following suggestions from the UD ministry, experts will be consulted to increase the FAR that would require fair amount of time.

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