Delhi Master Plan to Focus on Affordable Housing

October 28, 2014 | Last Modified: June 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm

NEW DELHI: The Master Plan Delhi 2021 is closer to its final notification with five missed deadlines. With the several changes to the existing plan along with new proposals, officials say the master plan is developing into a continuous motion towards affordable housing.

Transportation and environment are the two chapters which are still to be notified. The chapter on environment is said to be in its final stages and about to be sent for final notification after public feedback. The chapter on transportation is being reviewed by an expert panel. The whole process is expected to wrap up within the three months’ time.

15% extra floor-area-ratio will be offer in the new master plan to group housing societies as an incentive to develop EWS flats. This will be over the 400 FAR offered to these societies. vice-chairman of DDA Balvinder Kumar said that the developers choosing to build flats on the over 22,000 hectare pooled land can put the surplus land, the land afforded by the extra FAR to commercial use but only after providing EWS housing.

The additional FAR will be used as the incentive to transformation the existing residential and commercial space. According to the new master plan, if market associations or group housing societies agree to demolish and redevelop their properties in line with the new norms, they will be allowed 1.5 times the existing FAR.

The new master plan of Delhi will also provide benefits to those who live or work out of eco-friendly building. DDA will allow 1% to 5% of additional FAR to structure that adhere to the green building norm, based on the ratings given to them by certified agencies. There are several known organizations that certify and rate the ‘greenness’ or environment-friendliness of buildings. The senior DDA official said that the applicants can show us the rating and earn the extra FAR.

The measure to preserve environment will be the creation of natural conservation zone. The green spaces of Delhi including biodiversity parks, regional parks and ridge area will be the part of National Capital Zones. The NCR planning board had already conceived of this and we thought of incorporating it in our draft plans. The construction activity will be done through this policy and the construction in only 0.5% of these areas will be allowed, added by the senior authority official.

In February 2007 the master plan Delhi 2021 was first notified after which it is supposed to be reviewed every five year comprehensively and every two years in the form of a mid-tern review. After a review in 2012, the authority is right now working on a mid-term review of the master plan. Around 120 modifications are estimated to have been made to the existing master plan. A new chapter on transit-oriented development is being added to the existing draft and the chapter on environment, introduced for the first time, is being finalized.