Hotels in Delhi are set to get bigger and higher with many more rooms on offer.
One of the committees of experts, management action group on enforcement and planning, which is reviewing the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, has approved an increase in the floor area ratio (FAR) of hotels from present 225 to 400.
The proposal would now be moved to an advisory committee headed by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, who is also the chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
The suggestion to increase the FAR, which would allow hotels to build more rooms and also add more storeys, had come from the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). The federation had presented a report to the committee with projected increase of international tourists in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).
After a detailed discussion on the issue, which included looking into the FAR in other metropolitan cities and requirement of additional guest rooms, the committee agreed to increase the FAR to 400. However, the ground coverage allowed for hotels has been kept at 40%. This means that while hotels would now be able to add built-up space, they would have to add more floors in case they have already covered 40% of the land.
The committee also recommended that service apartments may be allowed as permitted activity as a part of a hotel premise. The committee has allowed inclusion of residential units as a permitted use within 30% of the total FAR allowed for commercial purposes and retail shops in the hotel.
The committee has also relaxed parking norms for hotels, keeping in mind that guests in hotels come for short stays and mostly use hired vehicles. Further the space standard per guests is less than per office worker/customer for commercial centres and thus are not comparable. After discussion, the committee recommended that parking for hotels to be reduced from 3 units per 100 sq. metre to 2 units.