Muddled rules stall Delhi’s growth

NEW DELHI: Residents of Golf Links and Sunder Nagar are resisting the de-notification of these areas from Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone (LBZ). They say the upscale colonies will become commercialized like other residential areas and the density of population will increase once the development norms of Master Plan for Delhi-2021 become applicable to them.

“Bigger buildings will be allowed without increasing the infrastructure,” a resident of Golf Links said.

While Delhiites appreciate the government’s decision to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) and the height of buildings in MPD-2021, they say growth of infrastructure is not keeping pace with the pressure of population.

“It should have been binding on the civic agency to augment the civic infrastructure while sanctioning plans as per the new development norms. Due to lack of enforcement, people are blatantly violating norms,” said Chetan Sharma, chairman, GK-II RWA complexes.

Problems like parking, waterlogging, shortage of drinking water, etc., have worsened after the new provisions were implemented. MPD-2021 requires that the civic agencies upgrade their infrastructure but this isn’t happening.

MPD recommended redevelopment of plotted areas to meet the growing demand for houses in a planned way. But it placed the condition that the minimum plot size should be 3,000 sqm, which is nearly impossible to achieve, so only a government project in Kidwai Nagar has been approved so far. “It is a good provision, but difficult to achieve under the present norms as 3,000 sqm is a huge area,” said A K Jain, former planning commissioner of DDA. He added that the redevelopment norms should be made people-friendly.

In villages, redevelopment can be done on a plot of 1,670 sqm or more.

Residents say the development norms are not in sync with the ground realities and should be framed after studying the problems faced by the residents. For instance, there is a need to combine small plots for redevelopment. At present, only plots measuring up to 64 sqm can be combined in villages, industrial areas and some parts of Rohini but the government is likely to raise the limit to 200 sqm. “There are many small plots in the city. People should be allowed to amalgamate plots and reconstruct. The provisions have to be implemented in the right spirit,” said Neeraj Gupta, president of H-block RWA in New Rajinder Nagar.

Rules related to subdivision of plots are also impractical as the FAR of the smaller plots is based on the size of the original plot. Municipal corporation officials say building plans are not being sanctioned in unauthorized regularized colonies and villages due to this rule. People in these colonies are building illegally as they can’t get the FAR that other colonies are allowed.

“Although the provision recognizes each subdivided plot as a single entity, it doesn’t allow FAR as per the MPD norms. In most cases, the permissible FAR is used up by the other subdivided plots, leaving little scope to construct on available vacant land,” said a senior South Corporation official.

Experts say there is a need to reconsider the development provisions so that people can get their plans sanctioned without any hassle.

Article source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Muddled-rules-stall-Delhis-growth/articleshow/48831286.cms

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