Master Plan review: Revision of building bylaws suggested

The suggestions ranged from redevelopment to transport,with extra focus on improved mobility.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 25, 2012 12:51 am

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Monday discussed suggestions for changes in the Master Plan Delhi-2021 with urban planners,architects and government officials.

The suggestions ranged from redevelopment to transport,with extra focus on improved mobility.

A draft of the suggestions made by four expert groups have been given to the DDA for consideration.

The suggestions included preparation and implementation of a local area plan based on 3D samples.

The group felt that these should be made time-bound with the involvement of professionals and should address issues such as site-specific development and control norms,specifically for changes in floor area ratio (FAR) and parking space.

Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said it was time to revisit the building bylaws and revise them. “Area-specific norms might lead to confusion. The need of the hour is to revise the building bylaws of the municipal corporations and the Delhi government,” Krishna said.

As Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna and Chief Secretary P K Tripathi had stressed the need to promote mixed land use in Delhi,the group on urban form,heritage and development controls suggested that the provisions should be people-friendly and strike a balance between parking,vehicular movement and pedestrians safety.

It was also recommended that flyovers are a menace for public transport and should generally be discouraged.

Discussing issues on enhanced FAR,the group on environment and physical infrastructure recommended that terrace farming should be explored to help the city produce its own food.

The group on shelter said the Master Plan provides for FAR increase in inverse proportion to plot size,but it should be the other way round.

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