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DDA gets real, buries banquet hall proposals

DDA has come up with new rules that seem to be more in tune with reality of Indian weddings.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 20:21 IST

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) might not send wedding banquets on an austerity drive after all. Stung by the howls of protests against its proposed guidelines for banquet halls, the agency has decided to usher in changes.

After a meeting on Monday, the DDA took note of the opposition from its elected wing and deferred the finalisation of the guidelines.

It has also come up with new rules that seem to be more in tune with reality of Indian weddings.

So, instead of the earlier suggestion of one banquet hall for a population of one lakh — as reported by HT on Monday — it now allows for one hall for a population of 10,000.

Also the size of a hall has been increased from 800 square metre to 2,000 square metre, while the height has been increased from 15 metres (equivalent to four storeys) to 26 metres (eight storeys). Developers will have to provide for 100 per cent parking in the basement. The earlier guidelines proposed parking space for 16 cars only. “We will now send the modified guidelines to the Union urban development ministry for approval before it is finalised by the DDA board,” said a senior DDA official.

“In today’s context, one banquet hall for a population of one lakh is ridiculous. We had also suggested that the size of the halls should be made more flexible depending on the availability of land,” said DDA member, Virender Kasana.

The members also objected to DDA’s proposal to dispose of plots for banquet halls through auction. “We have demanded that the ministry should take a final decision on the mode of disposal. It should not be through auction,” said Kasana.

“We will ask the ministry to frame the policy for the mode of disposal of banquet hall plots,” added a DDA official.

Once the ministry gives the green signal, the policy for banquet halls will be incorporated in the draft Master Plan for Delhi-2021.

Email Moushumi Das Gupta: moushumi.gupta@hindustantimes.com