If the Delhi government has its way, Delhi would become an urban jungle in the days to come. In the recommendations compiled for approval of the DDA and the Urban Development ministry, the state government is recommending that the green belt proposed on the periphery of the city should be done away with.
The Delhi Cabinet fine tuned the proposals on Thursday for more than two hours and would continue with the exercise on Friday. Presided by chief minister Sheila Dikshit, all her six Cabinet colleagues participated in the exercise.
"We have discussed the proposals. The deliberations are not complete. We will send the recommendations to the Centre after scrutinising all proposals," Dikshit told reporters after the Cabinet. Delhi Urban Development minister A.K. Walia said we want the exercise to be “people friendly”.
For the unauthorised colonies, the residents of which constitute the biggest vote bank for the party, the government would point out that all household industries and commercial activities be allowed in such colonies. Moreover, it wants that the height of buildings in these colonies should be increased to 15 m from 11 irrespective of the road width.
The government would also ask for modification of the redevelopment guidelines. In its draft recommendations, the state government has asked that the minimum area for redevelopment should be reduced from 4 hectares (10 acre) to 3 hectares (5 acre)
For plots upto 250 metres, the government has asked for 100 percent coverage. This means that the entire plot could be built up without leaving any space on any side. In addition, it has asked that all balconies and extensions on the public road should be regularised through one time amnesty by charging the land rate.
Ironically, the recommendations are being made even though the role of the Delhi government in the entire exercise is limited. As it has no jurisdiction on the matter, its recommendations may or may not be approved by the Centre.
Asked why was the Cabinet discussing an issue on which it has no jurisdiction, a minister said, “at least we would be absolved of all responsibilities of there is a backlash against the provisions of the MPD”.
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