Hospitals in Delhi not only cater to patients in the Capital and NCR but also to those coming from nearby towns. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has proposed to make changes in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021 to allow hospitals to increase their built space. The move will help hospitals add more beds.
DDA is reviewing the master plan and has put up the final proposals for objections or suggestions from the public. DDA plans to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) of hospitals from 200 to between 250 and 375 based on the road width in front of the hospitals.
Hospitals near Delhi Metro corridors would be allowed 50% extra FAR. The DDA also proposes to increase ground coverage of hospitals from 30% to 40%. Height restrictions have been removed from hospitals, subject to objections from other agencies such as the Airports Authority of India and Delhi Fire Service etc.
Hospitals will be allowed to use 25% of permitted FAR for residential use of essential staff or hostels for attendants of patients, crèches etc.
A maximum of 10% ground coverage would be allowed for providing an atrium in hospitals. In case additional ground coverage for atriums is used, 25% of the utilized ground coverage shall be counted towards FAR. Common areas such as waiting halls, reception and fire staircases would be allowed free from FAR.
To provide ample space for car parking in hospitals, multi-level podium parking will be made free of FAR, as long as these are built to the extent of building envelope lines.
Different categories of hospitals in the existing MPD have merged into one for similar development control norms. Tertiary health care centres have also been added to the hospital category.