The National Monument Authority's (NMA) height restriction to 21 metres in view of an ASI-protected monument has prompted the the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to take a relook at its upcoming housing accommodation project at East Kidwai Nagar.
NBCC plans to develop about 80-odd acres of prime land in East Kidwai Nagar and have high-rise complex of about 4700 units in different categories. Currently, the area has about 2,300 government quarters,
But the presence of Darya Khan's tomb, protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has proved to be a hurdle as the NMA has allowed buildings up to 21 metres high in the regulated area (101-300 metres) of the monument.
No new construction is allowed within first 100 metres around the monument (prohibited area). The NBCC had requested for 15 metres height clearance for 101-200 metres and 30 metres for 201-300 metres in the regulated area. "(But) we have allowed only 21 metres height in the regulated area," said Pravin Srivastava, NMA member secretary.
The decision is based on NMA’s internal guidelines for allowing 21 metres height for institutional buildings. The NMA has asked the NBCC to provide proper parking area for the visitors to the tomb and build a small interpretation centre for heritage awareness.
The NBCC has planned a modern, environment-friendly colony complete with wastewater recycling, 100 per cent power backup and solar powered streetlights.
SK Dhawan, NBCC's general manager (Real Estate) said: "We are yet to receive a formal NOC. The height restriction is part of observations made by the NMA. We have pleaded our case as the number of houses would be reduced. We have also appraised all competent authorities. (But) if needed, we will alter the plan."