Master plan can’t be amended without public suggestions: SC

    Master plan can’t be amended without public suggestions: SC


    DDA seeks to amend the Master Plan to increase the floor area ratio to provide relief to those facing sealing action.

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused to modify on Thursday its order directing Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to invite suggestions and objections to the proposed amendments in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD), saying changes in the MPD cannot be brought about without a meaningful public participation.

    A bench of justices MB Lokur and Navin Sinha also pulled up the government for seeking a modification of its May 15 order that allowed the government to go ahead with changes in MPD but only 15 days after inviting public objections and views on its proposal. DDA was also slammed for raising the “bogey” of “public order and law and order” problems to justify the three-day time period it had given earlier to raise objections to the amendments. SC had on March 6 stopped DDA from notifying the amended MPD that increases the floor area ratio with an intention to provide relief to commercial establishments from the anti-sealing drive.

    SC, which revived sealing and demolition of unauthorized structures in the Capital, said Delhi is being ravaged by unauthorised encroachments and none of the civic authorities, including DDA sincerely carry out its statutory duties.

    “It is painful to require the issuance of directions to statutory authorities to carry out their functions in accordance with the law enacted by Parliament. Unfortunately, the situation in Delhi warranted such a direction due to the apathy civic authorities,” the judges said in the judgement given in response to DDA’S plea to modify the May 15 order.

    Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing DDA, had said there was no need for suggestions and objections because it had undertaken the exercise earlier in March. Before incorporating the changes in the MPD-2021 DDA had give three days to the public for the suggestions. But SC found it unreasonable on DDA’S part to reduce the

    90-day period. “We are at a loss to understand the hyper-reaction and how changes in the Master Plan are sought without any meaningful public participation with perhaps an intent to satisfy lobbies and curtailing a period of 90 days to just three,” the judges said.

    The court had enquired from DDA the reasons for reducing the statutory period. It was told that the rules allowed it on the ground to maintain public order. However, when the court asked for an instance, the DDA had failed to provide any except submitting orally that there were riots in Delhi. “We were also not told of any exigency that could affect the interest of the public which necessitated curtailing the period of 90 days,” court noted in its order.

    Source: Hindustan Times
    Dated: 25th May 2018

    Land Pooling in Delhi further simplified; DDA now to act as only facilitator

    • Transfer of pooled land to DDA not required; Single Window approvals for speedy execution
    • DDA asked to prepare regulations in a month; Also to start spatial and service planning
    • HUA Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and LG of Delhi discuss Policy in detail
    • Expected land pooling of 22,000 hectares to boost economic activity

    Land pooling in Delhi, expected to meet the rising demand for residential and other needs besides stimulating economic growth is now further simplified for speedy execution. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now act more as a facilitator and planner as against the role initially envisaged for it as a part of simplification of execution of land pooling policy.

    Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and Lt. Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal met in Nirman Bhawan and discussed various aspects of the Land Pooling Policy and decided to make some changes in the policy decided earlier. Shri Duga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (HUA) and Vice-Chairman of DDA also participated in the discussion.

    Originally, land pooled under the Policy was to be transferred to DDA which was to act as the Developer Entity (DE) and undertake further sectoral planning and development of infrastructure in the pooled land. The Minister and LG today decided to do away with this requirement and land title continues to be with the original land owners.

    DDA was asked to immediately initiate spatial and services planning for the five zones covered under Land Pooling Policy so that the policy could be given immediate effect after finalization of regulations under the Policy.

    While both the Minister and LG expressed concern over delay in implementing Land Pooling Policy, Shri Puri thanked Shri Baijal for his initiative in having 89 villages declared as urban areas under the Delhi Municipal Act, 1957 and 95 villages as Development Areas, as required for the implementation of land pooling. DDA was directed to formulate necessary regulations under the Policy in accordance with the changes in a month time. DDA was also asked to ensure single window clearance mechanism for according necessary approvals for speedy implementation.

    Land Pooling Policy covers the greenfield areas in five zones viz., J, K-1, L, N and P-II coming under the Master Plan of Delhi-2021. To incentivize dense development for effective utilization of scarce land resource in the national capital, the Policy permits enhanced FAR of 400 as against the present 150. To promote affordable housing, an additional FAR of 15% is also allowed.

    About 22,000 hectares of land is expected to be pooled which could meet the needs of about 95 lakh people. Land pooling would catalyse economic, social and civic development of the national capital besides triggering substantial investments and employment generation.

    Under the Land Pooling Policy, 60% of pooled land would be returned to land owners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48% if the land pooled is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60% of returned land, 53% will be for residential purpose, 5% for city level commercial use and 2% for Public and Semi-public use. In the other case, the same would be 43%, 3% and 2% respectively.

    Affordable houses for Economically Weaker Sections to be built under the Policy shall be of the size of 32-40 sq.mtres. Half of this housing stock shall be retained by the Developer Entity to house Community Service People working for the residents/owners of the Group Housing. These houses will be built at the site or at premises contiguous to the site allotted. The other half of affordable houses shall be sold to DDA at the base cost of Rs.2,000 per sq.ft for further sale to beneficiaries.

    Source: PIB
    Dated: 12th October 2017

    Hotels in Delhi now allowed to build and sell residences

    NEW DELHI: The ministry of urban development has approved a proposal to allow building of residences in hotels in Delhi as a part of its review of Master Plan of Delhi-2021.

    After this change approved in the Development Controls for Commercial Centres pertaining to Hotels, hotels will be allowed to use up to 40% of the floor area ratio for commercial offices, retail and service shops and residential purposes. Residential units, however, can be built only on 20% of this FAR.

    The Delhi Development Authority has made a proposal in this regard after detailed deliberations further to inviting suggestions and objections in this regard. On a 10,000 sq metre plot, for instance, hotels can now use 4,000 sq metres for commercial and residential purposes of which 20% or 800 sq metres can be used for residential purpose.

    The ministry said that the transfer of ownership of such residential units built in hotels would be permissible only if the hotel land is freehold. “If the land is leasehold, transfer of ownership would be allowed only after DDA frames rules for this purpose,” it said.

    Earlier, FAR of 20% only was allowed for commercial purposes which now stands increased to 40% with the inclusion of residential use. This additional FAR will be allowed subject to payment of charges to be prescribed.

    Source: Economic Times
    Dated: 6th August 2015

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