The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has objected to certain provisions as “serious obstacles” in the Master Plan for Delhi-2021.
The corporation has expressed its apprehensions in a letter to a high-powered committee constituted by the Supreme Court to harmonise the master plans for the National Capital Region and Delhi and suggest measures to decongest Delhi.
Among the apprehensions is a provision in table 12.7 of the plan that, the letter from the corporation says, can cause a delay of three to four years in the execution of the phase-II of its project.
The DMRC generates 5 per cent of its revenue for financing the metro corridors through property development.
The particular provision mandates that the body take prior permission from the Delhi Development Authority for developing its property along the metro stations.
According to the 2021 plan, the corporation is permitted to develop its property — up to a maximum area of 3 hectares — in all zones, except recreational and ridge use zone, Lutyens’ Bungalow zone and heritage zones, but it will be subject to approval of the development authority’s technical committee.
The DMRC has sought the deletion of the provision as it could cause problems in raising revenue for the completion of phase-II before the Commonwealth Games.
It also said the provision was against the orders of the Urban Development Ministry and that it was not part of the draft master plan published on March 16, 2005.
The corporation has also sought inclusion of some of its buildings under the “operational structures” category so that no approval of sanction plan is required for construction.
“Any delay in obtaining approval for the sanction plan would put severe constraints in the timely completion of the project,” the letter says.
The buildings range from shops in the stations to public amenities, residential accommodation for security personnel deployed by the Metro and housing for its operational staff.
The 2021 plan also provides for removal of restrictions on height of buildings and permits a higher floor area ratio for some buildings like hospitals, vocational training centres, police stations and commercial centres.
The corporation said no such relaxation has been given to its properties. “These provisions are negating the result of several years of efforts made to streamline the existing working procedures for speeding up property development works of the corporation and will cause very serious delays in raising resources for the DMRC,” the letter says.