DDA approves in-situ redevelopment of JJ Clusters on PPP mode

The DDA has approved a proposal to undertake in-situ redevelopment and rehabilitation of JJ Clusters in the city on a public-private-partnership mode, officials said

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), on January 2, 2020, approved a proposal to undertake viable, in-situ slum redevelopment or rehabilitation, with respect to 17 projects, by executing the work on a public-private-partnership (PPP) mode through open tender, based on DPRs and financial analysis done by consultants appointed for various clusters, the Authority said, in a statement. The decision was taken during a meeting of the urban body chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal at Raj Niwas. The rehabilitation is to be done as per the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) guidelines, it said.

Among other decisions, the Authority also approved an amendment in the Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2021, under which wellness centres in residential areas and mixed-use streets will be allowed to operate on ground floor and basement, from the date of notification. The approved proposals will now be sent to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for consideration and final notification. The Authority also approved a proposed modification in MPD 2021, under which EWS dwellings units built by developers is to be sold directly to the eligible beneficiaries, identified by the DDA or local bodies as per the DDA policy.


NCR 2041 plan’s blueprint likely to be ready by mid-2021: Centre

The centre has asked the NCR Planning Board to prepare the blueprint for the urban planning of Delhi 2041 in the next two years, a senior official said

November 13, 2019: The secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shankar Mishra, on November 11, 2019, revealed that the centre had asked the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) to prepare the blueprint for the Delhi 2041 urban plan by mid-2021. Speaking at the inaugural conclave on National Capital Region-2041 organised by the NCRPB, Mishra said, “The Regional Plan-2041 should be a citizen-centric plan, with liveability as the hallmark, to ensure ease of living.”

Mishra further said that if anything had the potential to mitigate poverty, it was ‘our cities’ and stressed that the regional planning exercise presented a unique opportunity to realise these words. He also said the plan would have a serious impact on the entire region as it would drive and decide the magnitude/direction in which the development will take place. “The Regional Plan-2041 would be a plan of our dreams and aspirations set in a practical context and that it must be published before mid-2021,” he said.

The regional plan with the horizon year 2021 was notified on September 17, 2005 and is presently in force. A regional plan with next horizon year 2041 is required to be prepared now, with 2041 as the target year. It will address various sectors namely transport, water, sewerage, solid waste, power, regional land use, etc. As per a report by the United Nations, Delhi is slated to become the world’s largest metropolis, overtaking Tokyo by 2028. The NCR is a distinct federal setup and covers around 55,083 sq kms of area with around 60 million population.


DDA approves change in MPD 2021, to allow fitness centres in residential areas

The DDA has approved a proposal to amend the Delhi Master Plan, to allow fitness centres to operate in residential areas

October 10, 2019: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), on October 9, 2019, approved a change in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021, under which fitness centres, including gyms and yoga facilities, would be allowed to operate in residential areas, officials said. The decision was taken during the Authority meeting of the urban body, chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

“Delhi is continuously growing. The development of basic public, semi-public facilities, along with general commercial facilities could not keep pace with growing population, resulting in the increase of mixed-use. The Authority today approved amendment in Master Plan of Delhi 2021 by which fitness centres (including gymnasia, yoga or meditation centres and wellness centres) have been allowed to continue considering their role to make the Fit India Movement a success,” the DDA said in a statement. It has further been decided that from the date of notification, new fitness and wellness centres ‘shall only be allowed on the ground floor or basement’.

In another decision, the Authority also approved the development of Lake View Complex or Sanjay Lake Park Complex on 10.26 hectares of land at Trilokpuri (near Sanjay Lake) in Delhi, for a residential purpose based on mixed-use development on transit-oriented development (TOD) norms. For this, the land-use for the site will be changed from ‘commercial’ to ‘residential’, it said.


Government likely to amend Delhi Master Plan 2021, to accommodate fitness centres

The centre has said that it is planning to amend the Master Plan for Delhi 2021, to provide relief to the owners of fitness centres, after a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee ordered their sealing

October 1, 2019: The central government is likely to provide relief to the owners of fitness centres, by making amendments to the Master Plan for Delhi 2021. A Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee had recently ordered the sealing of all fitness centres, which have come up in the national capital after August 12, 2008.

According to the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, at an event, said his ministry will make a Master Plan for Delhi and it will accommodate the gyms into it. “We will make a Master Plan for Delhi and I assure you that it will accommodate the gyms into it,” the official Twitter handle of the PHD Chamber quoted Puri as saying at the event, on September 30, 2019. In another tweet, it also quoted the union minister as saying, “No encroachment on public land will be tolerated.”


Lt Governor reviews progress of Delhi Master Plan 2041

The Delhi Master Plan 2041 should aim to provide a high-quality liveable environment and sustainable and resilient infrastructure for the city’s residents, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has said, while reviewing its progress

September 27, 2019: Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, on September 26, 2019, reviewed the progress of the Delhi Master Plan 2041 and said it should have a ‘transformative agenda’, to provide a high-quality liveable environment and sustainable and resilient infrastructure. In a tweet, Baijal said the Master Plan Delhi-2041 should endeavour to make it the culture capital, which also offers economic opportunities and high-quality living.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is preparing the MPD-2041 and senior officials of the agency were present at the review meeting. In another tweet, Baijal said the new master plan should be a simple and demystified document, aligning provisions for infrastructure with uniform distribution of greens and public spaces. In July 2017, the DDA signed an MoU with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), for preparation of the master plan.


DDA proposes amendments to Master Plan of Delhi 2021

The DDA has proposed various amendments to the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, including allowing bank lockers in the basements of banks’ premises, allowing restaurants on the ground floor on notified mixed-use streets and permissions for certain activities on religious plots

September 18, 2019: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), on September 17, 2019, proposed amendments in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021, under which bank lockers, if part of an existing bank, will be allowed in the basements of its premises. The decision was taken during the authority meeting of the urban body chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the DDA said in a statement.

The authority also approved a proposal for modification in the development control norms, under which following activities are allowed on religious (category) plots at sub-city level: training centre for yoga, spiritual activities and meditation, museum or art gallery or exhibition centre, auditorium, accommodation for preachers, devotees or management staff, canteen, restaurant, langar hall or community kitchen and bank extension counter, ATM facility or prayer halls, it said. The approved proposals will be sent to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for consideration and final notification.

Besides, restaurants on the ground floor, only with valid appropriate licences and with all statutory clearances, as existing on or before September 17, 2019, will only be permissible on notified mixed-use streets, it said. The authority also approved reduction of permission charges for usage of additional activity under the educational category plots.


DDA permits group housing on industrial plots in Delhi

The DDA has notified conversion charges for developing group housing and commercial activities on industrial plots in the city, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has said

July 6, 2018: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has notified conversion charges that allow industrial clusters to go in for land-use change after payment of conversion fees, in a move intended to develop more spaces for housing units in the national capital. Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, told PTI that the Master Plan 2021 permitted residential use (group housing) on any industrial unit, with a minimum area of 3,000 sq metres, which follow some other criteria. Mishra said these non-industrial activities on such plots will be permitted, following the payment of conversion and other betterment levies, as applicable.

He said that conversion charges are based on circle rates of adjoining residential areas. “Use conversion charges for permitting ‘residential (GH)’ use, varies from Rs 14,328 to Rs 24,777 per sq metre and additional FAR (floor area ratio) charges have been fixed from Rs 3,039 to Rs 7,597 per sq metre, in various industrial areas,” the ministry said in a statement.

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It stated that a time period of five years has been allowed, for completion of construction, which will ensure timely delivery of flats to the users. The charges collected will be utilised for augmentation of services, infrastructure and upgrading of the surroundings of that industrial area, it stated. Use conversion charges for permitting ‘commercial/ hospital’ use is 1.25 times of the rates of use conversion charges of ‘residential (GH)’, it added.

Meanwhile, the DDA has also issued a notification, for enabling the planned development of privately owned lands in the national capital. In order to operationalise the policy, the formulation of ‘Regulation for Enabling the planned Development of Privately Owned Lands’ was taken up, under Section 57 of the DDA Act, 1957. According to the statement, the policy will be applicable on private land pockets, which have been left over from the planned development, land pockets which could not be acquired and land pockets for which acquisition proceedings have been quashed by the courts. However, it will not be applicable on the areas falling in reserved forests, covered under water bodies and land pockets falling under ridge and regional parks.


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