DELHI: Delhi Development Authority is expected to review its proposal for an increase in height by 2.5 metres of residential houses to allow for stilt parking in its meeting on August 19.
Sources said the proposal has been presented for objections and suggestions and will come up in August 19th’s meeting. Officials said that the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 allows a maximum height of 15 metres for buildings at present. However, there are plans to amend the rules and raise the cap to 17.5 metres which will be applicable to those buildings that go for stilt parking on the ground floor.
The proposal is part of an amendment to the Master Plan for mid-term review. It was first raised during the tenure of formeri Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, who recommended that buildings that have a provision for stilt parking be allowed a height of 17.5m, and will be taken forward by the new LG, Najeeb Jung. The amendment would be particularly beneficial in case of four-storey buildings where it is hard to accommodate stilt parking under the current 15m limit. By relaxing the cap, people would be encouraged to build stilt parking, which would help tackle the lack of parking space in most residential colonies, a source said.
Other items on the agenda include allotment of EWS houses and redefining zone O in order to facilitate regularization of a number of unauthorized colonies located there. The proposal has been widely criticized by environmentalists and river experts who say it would have a devastating effect on the Yamuna.