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Sky is limit for Delhi's new Master Plan

The new draft aims at providing up to 60,000 housing units within the city every year, reports Aruna P Sharma.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2007, 03:04 IST
Aruna P Sharma
Aruna P Sharma

The Urban Development Ministry on Tuesday approved the new Master Plan for Delhi that will change the skyline of the city and allow buildings to go higher.

Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy said the plan was not about regularisation but about renewing the city and giving more living space and amenities to people.

The document aims at providing up to 60,000 housing units within the city every year -- 30,000 through redeveloping existing colonies and the remaining on agricultural fields in Narela and Najafgarh.

The 2001 Census projects a yearly requirement of 75,000 dwelling units. Eighty per cent of this requirement will be met through redeveloping existing colonies and urbanising agricultural land in north and south-west Delhi. The remaining units will be constructed in the neighbouring National Capital Region.

Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken said there would be no more plotted development as there was a scarcity of space. "The world over, the trend is to have compact cities with higher density of population," he said.

The redevelopment norms, for which the minimum prescribed area is 3,000 sq m, will allow existing colonies to go up to 10 to 12 storeys. To reduce the strain on infrastructure, the Master Plan will permit developers to construct extra floors only if they install solar panels, ensure zero sewerage discharge into existing sewers and provide multi-level parking within the complex.

The redevelopment and new development projects will be supported by the water and electricity availability projections given by Delhi government departments. The Master Plan also incorporates the provisions for regularising commercial and mixed land use on identified roads and streets, and the relaxed building by-laws that allow for regularisation of construction up to four storeys in plotted colonies, on the condition that conversion charges are paid. The penalty amount will be used for constructing parking and augmenting civic services.

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