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Delhi Cabinet recommends sub-division of plots

Special Correspondent

In view of growth in the size of the families, increase in family units and their residential requirements


‘The number of dwelling units not to exceed the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 limit'

‘Bigger floor area ratio may be allowed along the Metro, BRT corridors'


NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet on Monday finalised its comments on the proposed regulations of the Delhi Special Provision Act, which would now be forwarded to the Union Government.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the Cabinet meeting, said her government has decided to recommend sub-division of plots in special areas, unauthorised regularised colonies and village abadis to provide relief to the plot holders there in view of the growth in the size of the families, increase in family units and their residential requirements.

She said the government has also decided to recommend a bigger floor area ratio (FAR) in these areas.

Earlier, Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna, who is also the DDA Chairman, had constituted a committee to redraft and simplify the proposed regulations.

The draft regulations with his approval, were then sent to the Union Government. The Union Urban Development Ministry had then invited the comments of the Delhi Government on the issue. Giving the details, Delhi Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia said the sub-division has been approved but the number of dwelling units would not be allowed to exceed the limit set by the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021. At the same time, he said, smaller plots would comply with the provisions of building regulations and this would put an end to the ongoing unplanned construction as the holders of sub-divided plots would be entitled to get their plans approved from the local bodies.

Dr. Walia said this relaxation would also help in overcoming a number of litigations in respect of claims on the plots which could not be bifurcated because of existing regulations.

The Delhi Government has also decided to recommend an increase in the existing FAR from 350 to 400 in respect of regularisation of construction already existing as on February 7, 2007 on payment of prescribed charges.

Further, the size of the plot for the FAR has also been increased from 175 square metres to 250 sq. metres. This will help the residents get their already constructed buildings regularised for all time to come.

To facilitate coming up of residential group housing in special areas, unauthorised regularised colonies and village abadis, it has also been suggested by the Delhi Government that the minimum size of plot for this purpose be reduced from the existing 3,000 sq. metres to 1,000 sq. metres.

Dr. Walia said it has also been suggested that a bigger FAR be allowed along the Delhi Metro rail corridors and the bus rapid transit corridors. “This will facilitate planned development in such areas and help in re-development keeping in view the special character of the localities. It would also help overcome congestion,” he said.

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