DELHI: A proposed amendment for allowing high rise buildings has been introduced in the Master Plan Delhi-2021 during the review process of the document. Buildings higher than 15 m and without stilt and those higher than 17 m with stilt in all land use zones will be considered as highrise buildings, the modification to the Master Plan stated.
The modification was cleared in the the last Advisory Group meeting on review of MPD-2021, held on July 3 and chaired by former Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna.
There is no provision in the Master Plan specifying development control norms for such buildings. Highrises has been the topic of hot debate in the past, with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit having expressed reservations about allowing such buildings to come up in the city. On the other hand, Union Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath has been continually pointing out the need for highrises as Delhi cannot grow horizontally.
The modification stated that rooftops of high rise buildings can be used for construction of swimming pools, landscaping and related structures. “Intermittent service floor may be permitted for installation of equipment and services required for the maintenance of the building, with prior approval of agencies concerned... is not to be counted in FAR. The height of the service floor is to be decided based on the depth of structural equipment...,’’ the minutes of the 10th meeting of the Advisory Group stated.
Regarding the provision for stack parking on stilt floor, relaxation of the minimum height for stilt floors, which is now of 2.4 metres, was proposed during the meeting.
One of the problems related to allowing high rises has been Delhi’s lack of available infrastructure to support such buildings. To resolve the issue and “optimise the use of resources such as water and power”, a DDA (Delhi Development Authority) official said, “audits will be introduced and increased Floor Area Ratio (FAR) will be provided as an incentive”.
Another important modification passed in the meeting pertains to increase FAR of hotels from 225 to 400. “Maximum 30 per cent of FAR many be used for residential units without transfer of ownership rights, commercial offices, retail and service shops,” the minutes of the meeting stated.
The norms for an FAR of 400 and 40 per cent ground coverage shall be applicable to all hotels, including hotel plots in commercial centres, metropolitan city centres and central business districts.
Hotels located in Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone (LBZ) area, Civil Lines Bungalow area and those built within in heritage structures will be exempt.
The definition of a hotel has also been changed to “a premise used for lodging and boarding of persons on short or long terms basis” and service apartments have been included in activities permitted in hotels.