Delhi is all set to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its glitzier neighbours – Gurgaon and Noida. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning a skyscraper in Delhi, which might go up to 120 floors and become the tallest building in not only Delhi NCR but entire north India.
The commercial tower would be part of a cyber hub that the DDA is going to create in east Delhi’s Karkardooma area. The cyber hub, which would house the skyscraper and other residential towers, would be spread over 75 acres. It is going to be a signature destination of east Delhi, the DDA believes. The plan was recently approved in the authority’s meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
“Delhi is traditionally a low rise city with few tall buildings. Gurgaon and Noida have many high rise buildings. With the tower, we want to make a statement,” said a senior DDA official.
Although, the plan has been approved for an 80-storey tower with an approximate height of 300 metres, DDA officials want it to be even higher at 120 stories. The tallest building in Delhi at present is the MCD Civic Centre with 28 floors. It is 102 metres high.
Surrounded by shorter residential towers, the signature tower would be completely commercial with offices, retail outlets and hotels. “The tower would have a strong pile foundation and wouldn’t be affected by seismic activity. It would be a completely government-funded project. We are likely to sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) for its construction,” the official said.
Construction of the tower is expected to begin within two years after all necessary approvals are in place.