Nearly eight years after a demolition drive changed the face of MG Road -- a hub of designer showrooms and furniture stores -- the owners have started repairing their property. And that too with permission from the government.
Swanky shops and malls were partially demolished in February 2006 after the civic authorities termed them illegal.
The permission to restore the properties came after the Lt Governor okayed reconstruction. Though orders were issued in September last year, the civic agency had not given permission to the owners to repair their property. The matter was raised again in a meeting held last month and the L-G took up the issue of non-implementation of the orders.
However, for now, the owners will be able to use only the ground and first floor for commercial use and the rest of the portion will continue to remain sealed. Once Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is approved, the owners will be able to enjoy benefits of increased Floor Area Ratio (FAR) so that rest of the floors will be put to use.
The basic principle of TOD is mixed-land use along transport corridors. This means a mix of residential, commercial and high-density development, leading to multi-storeyed construction.
The building plan of 1 MG Road was approved by the south corporation and repair work has already started there. But plans for the rest of the buildings are yet to be approved.
Apart from big showrooms such as MG 1, MG 2, MG 10 and MG 13, the L-G's office also allowed owners of other buildings along the road to reconstruct their buildings.
"The civic agency was asked to allow the owners to start construction but even after that they didn't give the required permission. Another meeting was held in April this year where the L-G told the commissioner of south Delhi Corporation to give permission. Finally, work has started on one building and hopefully, others will soon get permission," said a senior official.
As per the L-G's order only 120 FAR would be permitted to be used by the owners until any additional FAR is approved as a part of the proposed TOD. Till then the remaining portion over and above 120 FAR can be kept sealed by the south Delhi Corporation.