The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) plans to allow banquet halls to come up in areas notified for mixed land use but the move has come under criticism by Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs).
A meeting was held at the ministry of urban development on Monday to discuss the fine points of the (permission of banquet halls) regulations 2010, attended by officials from DDA, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Delhi government.
The draft regulation allows banquet halls in industrial areas, commercial areas and notified commercial streets under mixed land use.
Among other clauses, a banquet hall to be built in a mixed land use area should have a minimum plot size of 300 sqm, should be near a road that is minimum 9 metres wide and should have provision of parking in front setback area, among other rules.
“We have strong objection to permission to operate banquet halls in residential areas even if they are in commercial streets notified in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021,” said Pankaj Agarwal, general secretary, Delhi RWA Joint Front.
“While drafting the Master Plan 2021, liberal mixed land/commercial use was permitted in view to save large number of people. However, operations of banquet hall in residential areas would finish the residential character of the colony,” he said.
Agarwal, who was also part of the meeting, claimed that the safeguards suggested in the regulations are not adequate to take care of the problems that residents of the area would face.
The RWAs said that banquet halls in residential areas would mean increased traffic movement and parking problems. “There would be noise pollution due to playing of bands, resulting in disturbance to residents specially students and senior citizens,” Agarwal added.
The RWAs have also demanded that the minimum plot size should be 500 sqm instead of 300 sqm and the road in front should be at least 18 metre wide to allow smooth traffic movement. Banquet should also have adequate parking space so that vehicles don’t spill on to the road.