The skyscrapers that Delhi might see in the next few years are all slated to come up at peripheral areas of the city such as Narela and Najafgarh. However, if you live in a three-storey house in a gated-colony, you can build more floors on your plot too.
The Master Plan of Delhi 2021 seeks to incentivise the redevelopment of existing plotted colonies so that these areas can accommodate more people. While earlier, houses on smaller plots were allowed to go only up to the second floor, now you can build your house up to 15 metres (four floors).
You can, however, build a much taller residential building if you pool in land with your neighbours. Existing owners of contiguous plots can form a cluster of land that should not have an area of less than 3,000 sq metres. With a larger plot available, the Floor Area Ratio would be relaxed by an extra 50%.
“Through a combined application, such group of plots can be converted into a group housing society. The owners can then build a residential complex with 12 floors and a height of maximum 36 metres,” said AK Jain, former Commissioner (Planning), DDA.
Those who are interested in a group housing scheme can submit their proposal to the engineering wing of the MCD, which will then forward it to the MCD House for approval. Once the House approves it, constructed will be allowed.
“Most people are not aware of the existence of such a clause in which plots can be joined and 12-storey houses can be built for residential purpose much like residential societies,” said an MCD official.
Subhash Arya, Leader of House in MCD, said that if they ever receive such a proposal, they will surely consider it and in fact, will encourage more people to come forward with similar proposals. “By joining together smaller plots and turning the land into one big plot, the residents can build recreational facilities such as children’s play area, but so far, no one has showed any initiative,” he said.