DMRC,DDA plan flats,offices along Metro routes

Soon,Delhi might see several housing colonies and offices coming up near the Mass Rapid Transit Systems.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 4, 2012 4:32 am

Soon,Delhi might see several housing colonies and offices coming up near the Mass Rapid Transit Systems (MRTS). Speaking on the issue,Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Vice-Chairman G S Patnaik on Tuesday said that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was carrying out a survey to develop such a project along the MG Road Metro line.

“In order to lessen traffic load on city roads,it is important that people stay close to MRTS corridors. We are in favour of such a concept. Work and housing pockets should be developed along such corridors. DMRC is carrying out a survey at MG Road to take up transit-oriented development along that stretch. For our part,we are also carrying out a survey along Karkardooma Metro station to come up with a similar project there,” said Patnaik.

According to DDA officials,DMRC will eventually submit its report to see if it meets with all guidelines of the Master Plan-2021. “We will only see if their project report conforms to the MPD-2021 or not,” he said.

Meanwhile,the DDA is exploring the viability of developing housing colonies around the Karkardooma Metro Station. This project is expected to come up on 30 hectares of land,which is already owned by the agency. The draft plan for this pilot project is under discussion.

The basic principle of such a transit-oriented development (TOD) is mixed-land use,which means that there will be a mix of residential and commercial development and high density development,leading to multi-storeyed construction.

A DDA official said that any high capacity transport corridor should have high density development to “ensure that public transport is only a walking distance away”. Master Plan-2021 provides for development along and around MRTS stations within an influence zone of 500 metres,he added.

The Urban Development Ministry had also emphasised on monetisation of land along transport corridors. “TOD is generally characterised by compact,mixed-use development near new or existing public transport infrastructure,that provides for housing,employment and civic functions within walking distance,” said an official.

Speaking on allowing vertical growth in Delhi,Patnaik said that a city should have a healthy mix of all kinds of growth. “Vertical growth should be allowed in areas where basic infrastructure such as sewage and water is available. How tall the buildings can be will be decided during the revision of the Master Plan,” said Patnaik.

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