Master plan: policy to revamp Delhi’s landscape approved

The Ministry of Urban Development on Tuesday approved the Transit Oriented Development Policy (TOD) for Delhi aiming to address issues of pollution, congestion and shortage of housing stock.

The policy is expected to recast Delhi’s landscape as part of a review of the Master Plan for Delhi – 2021 by providing for significantly higher FAR (Floor Area Ratio) of 400 enabling vertical constructions.

TOD policy shall be adopted for development within the Influence Zone (extending up to 500 metres on both sides of the MRTS corridors), so that maximum number of people can live, work and find means of recreation within walking/cycling distance of the MRTS corridors/stations, the official statement said.

However, it will not be applicable in Lutyens Bungalow Zone, Civil Lines Bungalows Area, Monument regulated zone, Zone ‘O’ (around river Yamuna) and Low Density Residential Area. TOD zone will comprise approximately 20 per cent of Delhi’s overall area.

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Under the provisions, higher FAR can be availed only for plots of one hectare or more for which a comprehensive integrated scheme has to be prepared. In contrast, the minimum scheme area for undertaking redevelopment outside the TOD zone is 4 hectares, the statement said.

Within an approved scheme area in the TOD Zone, development can be taken up in phases for a minimum plot size of 3,000 sq m at a time. Minimum scheme area for development by Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) agencies such as DMRC, Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) and Railways will be 3,000 sq m. It will be mandatory to use a minimum of 30 per cent of overall FAR for residential use and 10 per cent each for commercial use and community facilities. Utilisation of the remaining 50 per cent shall be as per the land use category designated in the Zonal Plan.

The mandatory residential component covering 30 per cent of FAR shall wholly comprise of units of 65 sq m area or less. Out of these, half of the FAR, i.e. 15 per cent of the total FAR, has to be used for units of size ranging between 32 and 40 sq m. Over and above this, an additional mandatory FAR of 15 per cent has to be utilised for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), the statement added. The size of EWS units will range between 32 and 40 sq m.

Computerised single window clearance system shall be adopted for approval of TOD projects.

Source: The Hindu
Dated: 16th July 2015

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