Pursuing the endeavor to bring ease to shopkeepers from the perpetual sealing campaign, the DDA (Delhi Development Authority) has given its consent to the planned alterations in Delhi’s Master Plan 2021 which comprises an expansion in the FAR (Floor Area Ratio) of business enterprises, sanction to carry out business in basements and reduction in conversion rates. This was notified in a communique from the development authority.

These resolutions were adopted on Friday at a convention chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who heads the DDA. It has been projected to give consistent FAR in shop-cum-housing plots/complexes on the same level as that of housing plots as provided on mixed use street according to the dimensions of the plot and depending on availability of parking area, as per the statement.

Stipulations of parking according to prevalent criteria shall be compulsory for approbation/authorization of any amended plans by the respective local body if it is related to shop cum residence plots/shop-cum-residence property nominated as local shopping centres or LSCs, as mentioned in the report.

Business transactions in the basements will be permitted in every commercial street/area with respect to payment of essential charges devoid of any inequity. Decline in forfeiture charges from 10 times to 2 times for exploitation of other terms and conditions of blended use, it said.

Lately this week, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry had suggested changes to the Master Plan that encompassed increasing the floor area ratio (FAR) of local shopping centers or LSCs from the existent 180 to 300 and streamlining agricultural store houses situated on the 12-metre wide streets. These projected changes have been endorsed.

Based on the pot size, the highest FAR permitted in local shopping centres at present is 180, which will now rise to 300. This indicates that they might now get more floor coverage and floors — as compared to the previously three storeys to four.
Public feedback and concerns will be called for the suggested changes. It has also been decided to reduce the number of days for which the notice has to be dropped in the public domain from 45 days to three in consideration of the situation’s criticality.

Previously, this week, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Hardeep S Puri had said that “We are actually going to address the Master Plan…It will need amendment and we are in the process of amending the Master Plan with a view to resolving the issues.”

Specialists have hailed the initiative.

“Uniformity in FAR in consonance with the MPD 2021 was the need of the hour. Sadly, the government at the Center and the state have been reactive rather than proactive. Even the building bye laws have to address the services like water, waste and parking in these already densified areas. Yet another example of bureaucratic multiplicity of agencies within Delhi wherein the buck does not stop anywhere. Policy making and implementation cannot be mutually exclusive. Sadly, Delhi grapples with the challenge of laws created by multiple agencies over the past four decades, which haven’t been practically applied within MPD 2021, wherein subsequent law-keepers apply it with impunity leading to consumer harassment,” said Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty.

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