Farmhouse owners get relief as DDA eases norms

Following a protest by farmhouse owners and objections by municipal corporations, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has simplified the provisions for low density residential plots (LDRP) in notified villages.

The decision was taken in DDA’s monthly meeting on Wednesday. Though the policy was notified in 2013, the corporations were not able to clear new low density residential area (LDRA) projects or regularise existing farmhouses due to the clause. According to the clause, the minimum setback requirements in case of LDRP was 10 metres on front side abutting the approach road and 5 metres on other three sides. “In case of farmhouses prior to February 7, 2007, the existing buildings were not falling within the prescribed setbacks. So, it has been decided to amend the clause. Now, minimum setback on two sides shall be applicable for regularisation (i.e 10 metres on front side and 5 metres on any other side),” said a senior DDA official.

Sources said this will help thousands of farmhouse owners who have been running from pillar to post to get their property regularized.

In a major shift from its previous stand, the land-owning agency has included areas falling outside demarcated LDRA. “We have redefined LDRP. It now includes existing farmhouses in urban extension, both within and outside LDRA villages, which had come up prior to February 7, 2007. These farmhouses can be regularized as per the policy,” said an official.

On South Corporation’s advice, DDA has also tightened clauses related to the floor-area ratio, especially for bigger plots. Sources said the town planning department of South Corporation raised the issue after it got proposals from big plot owners for construction of “palatial” houses.

Source: Times of India
Dated:28th April 2016

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