North Delhi civic body trying to make five-storey homes possible – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: North Delhi Municipal Corporation has proposed to increase the height limit for residential plotted buildings by 2.5m under the new norms being formulated for Master Plan of Delhi 2041 so that five-storey structures can come up.

Mayor Jai Prakash has made this proposal to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, who heads the advisory council drafting the new master plan. He has also written to Union ministry of housing and urban affairs in this regard.

Under the existing revised Master Plan of Delhi 2021, the maximum permissible height for residential plotted housing is 15 metres. Additional relaxations are provided for features like stilt parking and solar panels, which reduce the burden on public utilities.

A senior planning department official said the height increase approved by the empowered committee would depend on the capacity of common infrastructure utility services, sewage lines, etc to bear additional load from urban density.

“The population density is increasing rapidly and the availability of land is becoming a serious cause for concern. We have proposed to raise the permissible height for residential buildings from 15m to 17.5m so that growing families can maximise the utilisation of land available with them,” said the mayor.

Delhi is undergoing the fastest urban expansion in the world and the UN world urbanisation prospects state that the metropolis is set to become the world’s most populous urban agglomeration by 2028. MPD 2021 had projected that out of 1,483 sq km of Delhi’s geographical area, 920 sq km would be urbanised.

According to the 2011 census, Delhi’s population was around 1.6 crore. However, it has crossed 2 crore in the last decade. “The pace at which the population is increasing, agencies do not have land to create new housing projects. There is no other way but to allow relaxation in building height norms,” said Prakash.

A senior official said the proposal could only be made applicable in planned areas where there was scope for augmenting common services like sewage lines, parking space, water allocation, etc.

“The number of dwelling units in any area is calculated on the services available there. New dwelling units will create additional load on the already crumbling infrastructure. There is already a massive demand-supply gap in water supply. Parking space shortage even chokes planned colonies at night. The increase should be allowed only after a proper study of these areas and unauthorised regularised colonies should not be made a part of the proposal,” added the official.



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NDMC panel proposes regularisation of illegal additions in ‘co-owned houses’ – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The standing committee of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Friday proposed to regularise “illegal and extra construction work” done in ‘co-owned houses’ of a certain category, which were built before 2012, after payment of penalties, the civic body said. A resolution to this effect was passed by the NDMC panel in its meeting held at the Civic Centre.

Moving the resolution Leader of NDMC House Yogesh Verma said such “co-owned houses (‘sanyukt makan’) built before 2012 have not been amalgamated” and their number is huge, so due to layouts of such structures not getting cleared, people residing in them are “facing problems”.

So, the NDMC standing committee “resolves to regularise illegal and extra construction work” done in ‘co-owned houses’ of a certain category, which were built before 2012, on payment of penalties, he said.

The committee said such property owners should submit the layout to the chief planner’s office and the latter should “incorporate it”.

In response to a query during the proceedings, the NDMC, in a written reply, said that total amount of property tax collected till March 17 in this financial year, for the category of residential properties is Rs 153 cr, while for the non-residential and commercial properties category, it was Rs 410 crore.



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North Delhi civic body allots four plots to DMRC for Phase-IV work – ET RealEstate

Clearing the way for starting construction work of Delhi Metro phase-IV, the standing committee of North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday approved the transfer of land at four sites for building viaducts and pillars for the RK Ashram Marg-Majlis Park and Janakpuri-Majlis Park corridors.

Three of the four land pockets are with the horticulture department of Rohini zone, while one is being used by the engineering department. The four patches of land measure 507.3 sqm, 112 sqm, 423.3 sqm and 298.97 sqm. A report of the standing committee stated that for permanent transfer, the entire land cost needed to be paid. For temporary transfer, 5% of the land cost must be paid yearly.

An annual payment of Rs 16.5 lakh was proposed for temporary transfer of the land. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) won’t be able to use the land for commercial purposes without taking permission from the municipal corporation. Also, DMRC cannot sublet or lease the land to other parties on concessional rates for any revenue generating purpose.

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Drive to de-seal 1,356 residential units kicked off in Delhi – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: North Delhi Municipal Corporation has initiated a drive to de-seal 1,356 residential properties on the directions of the Supreme Court. On Thursday, the process to de-seal the properties began in Todapur village in the presence of Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta and mayor Jai Prakash.

The owners have been given 15 days to demolish any illegal structure. The residential properties were sealed last year after the SC-appointed monitoring committee found illegal extensions, such as guard cabins in the stilt parking area, made by the owners.

“But these properties were later found to be sealed wrongly. The court in its August 14 ruling clarified that the matter of illegal construction in residential properties didn’t fall in the jurisdiction of the monitoring committee. All the 1,356 such properties falling in our areas will be de-sealed without charging any amount,” said Jai Prakash.

“There are around 3,000 such properties in Delhi. We aim to open them all before Diwali. We have asked officials to check the status,” said Gupta later in a joint press conference with mayors of the north and south corporations. TNN



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