DELHI: Mixed land use will soon be a reality in Noida wherein certain commercial activities can be carried out from within sectors earmarked for other uses. In its 180th board meeting on November 29, Noida Authority provided in-principle approval of mixed land use policy for specific areas within industrial and residential sectors.
Plots adjacent to 24m-wide roads in residential areas will be allowed to construct guesthouses on 100% area of permissible FAR after payment of an ‘impact fee’. Such plots in industrial sectors will be allowed to set up auto showrooms on 25% of permissible FAR following payment of an impact fee.
As per the policy, allottees owning residential and industrial property will be able to convert it into mixed land use by paying 50% of the cost difference between the prevailing residential or industrial sector rate and the reserve price of the commercial rate of the area where the property is located. “The same formula will be used for conversion to mixed land use for both residential and industrial properties,” said Rama Raman, chairman of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. “The impact fee will have to be paid as a lump sum,” Raman added.
The policy will also allow certain support facilities to allottees after conversion. “For residential plots, where guesthouses will be allowed, ATM, office space, cafeteria, laundry services, health centre, dispensary, etc will be allowed,” said Manoj Rai, OSD, Noida. “For industrial plots, we will allow office space, ATM, showroom for display/sale of products manufactured in the unit, gym, health club, creche, day-care centre, dispensary, etc,” he said.
According to Raman, the concept of mixed land-use is present in the Master Plan-2031 of Noida. The Authority will now invite objections and suggestions, after which it will be sent forwarded to the UP government for approval. “Once we have disposed these, the Master Plan-2031 and Noida’s building bylaws will be accordingly amended before implementing the policy,” Raman said.
Officials said mixed-land use policy will benefit MNCs, IT and BPO companies and other corporate employees, who need guest accommodation in the city.
The in-principle approval by the board has, however, elicited a mixed reaction. Resident welfare associations feel utmost care should be taken while allowing commercial activities in residential areas. “Most people don’t mind allowing commercial use of residential property. But, care should be taken so that sanctity of residential areas is preserved,” said a RWA member. “Promoting multiplicity of land use could put an extra burden on infrastructure,” said another resident.