Hospitals in Delhi not only cater to the city’s population of 1.67 crore but also patients coming from NCR areas, nearby towns and states and even other countries. Lack of enough beds in hospitals, therefore, is a huge problem.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) proposes to tackle the problem by allowing hospitals in the Capital to increase their space by increasing the floor area ratio (FAR) and ground coverage.
The proposal was presented in the authority meeting on Wednesday and would now be processed for objections or suggestions from the public. DDA proposes to increase the FAR of hospitals from present 200 to 250-375 based on the road width available in front of the hospitals.
Ground coverage has been increased from 30% to 40%. Hospitals near Delhi Metro or BRT corridors will be allowed 50% more FAR.
FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the area of the plot. With more FAR and ground coverage available, hospitals would be able to add more space and more beds.
A DDA spokesperson said the proposal came after recommendations of a committee on healthcare constituted by ministry of urban development.
“In a hospital like ours, which is always in want of more beds because of the tremendous patient load, any directive that ensures more beds is always welcome,” said a senior administrative official at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, requesting anonymity as the official is not authorised to speak to media.
“This directive, I feel, is to encourage people to come up with healthcare facilities in areas that are easily accessible in times of emergencies like near the Metro corridor. This is a sort of an incentive for hospital owners who will be allowed probably an extra floor, or more parking space inside the hospital, which in the long run will benefit people,” said Dr RK Singal, medical superintendent, BL Kapur Hospital.