After the NDA government allotted a 1.3-acre plot on Akbar Road to the Gujarat government to build a state guesthouse, other BJP-ruled states too have jumped on the bandwagon. Madhya Pradesh, which already has two state guesthouses in the city, has sought relaxation in floor area ratio (FAR) so that it can construct a multistorey building. Chhattisgarh too has asked for land to build a centre to project the state’s tribal culture.
Urban Development Ministry officials are in a fix as the 1988 guidelines for the Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) prohibit construction of multistorey buildings in the area.
Officials said a 1.3-acre plot has been allotted to Gujarat, but it cannot construct anything beyond two floors.
Following Gujarat’s example, MP has asked for a plot in Lutyens zone, but when told that such a big plot was not available, it now wants the FAR relaxed so that it can go vertical.
The ministry has almost finalised a plot for Chhattisgarh in RK Puram and will soon move Cabinet for the same.
After she took charge in May as the chief minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel wrote a letter to Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, requesting for a 4,000-5,000 sqm plot anywhere in Central Delhi to construct the guesthouse. Gujarat is the only state which has only one guesthouse in Delhi. The state had been demanding another plot, citing limited number of suites in the present address on Kautilya Marg. But the demand was rejected by the then UPA government.
Both Chhattisgarh and MP have more than one guesthouse built on government land in Delhi.
“After the NDA government came to power, it was obvious they would be provided another land. But the LBZ guidelines prohibit construction of any multistorey building and this has been reiterated by the Supreme Court. We are yet to receive the building plan of the state guesthouse, but they will have to follow the design and planning of the other bungalows in the area, else it would be a violation of the guidelines,” a source said.
The 1988 guideline states, “New construction of dwellings on a plot must have the same plinth area as the existing bungalow and must have a height not exceeding the height of the bungalow in place or, if the plot is vacant, the height of the bungalow which is the lowest of those on the adjoining plots.”