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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, December 16, 2012
The state government has proposed to grant transferable development rights (TDR) to land owners who could not fully utilise permissible floor area ratio (FAR) on their land due to restrictions enforced by the local development authority.

According to an official, such land owners would stand to benefit once model regulations related to TDR are included by an amendment in the UP Urban Planning and Development Act.

“These land owners could then be issued a development right certificate (DRC) that would authorise them to use the unutilised FAR at some other site but the place has to be located in the same development area,” he said.

The idea was first mooted in December last year and the state government had asked Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) to draft a TDR proposal.

Subsequently, LDA drafted a blueprint and after getting it approved by its apex governing body, the LDA board had forwarded it to the housing department for final approval.

TDR has drawn a lot of criticism in Mumbai where the builders/developers lobby has misused the law in the name of redevelopment in saturated but prime localities.

“We have incorporated several clauses to prevent misuse,” said the officials adding that the proposal includes issuing of DRC on very small land areas and in multiple numbers, instead of in one go.

Moreover, DRC would be allowed only on plots where purchasable FAR is permissible and its utilisation was not fully consumed.

The three specific conditions, under which DRC would be permitted, according to the official, include a situation in which complete FAR could not be utilised due to reduction in the height of building, when land is reserved for road widening or when land with a minimum area of 2,000 sq mt is reserved for a park/open space.