Date: 5th September, 2013 Gloria Ganguly
Large number of areas in Delhi comprises of old, poor structural buildings, sub-optimal utilization of land, poor urban form, congestion, lack of communication facilities, inadequate infrastructure services, etc. These problems in both planned and unplanned areas can be enhanced through various approaches as given below.
1. Planned Areas
2. Unplanned Areas and Traditional Inner City
Let us first go through the Planned Areas:-
- Group/ Plotted Housing
Flats built by DDA, which have become aged, those may be redeveloped with permission and subject to the condition that the structural safety of other flats is not imposed. Already developed group housing inclusive of public, co-operative housing may be redeveloped on the basis of prescribed norms and regulations by formulating self-managing communities or co-operative societies. The funds for redevelopment should be contributed by the residents.
- Employer Housing
After Independence, in Delhi, substantial areas were developed at low density. These are mainly government and cantonment areas. In order to optimally utilize these prime lands there is need of intensive development. A conservative estimate the present housing stock can be increased to more than double. Provision for additional housing and infrastructure enhancement can be financed from the funds generated through cross-subsidization between commercial and residential use for EWS and LIG categories.
- Bungalow Area
Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone comprises of large size plots and has a pleasant green environment. Essential character of large plots, wide avenues, low rise development and extensive landscape and has a heritage value which has to be conserved. High intensity development along MRTS corridor and de-densification of trees or reduction of green wrap is not permitted at all. The development strategy in this zone will be as per the approved plans and the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone guidelines, as may be issued by the Government of India from time to time. The basic character has to be maintained in Civil Lines which also has Bungalow Area.