Cautioning that Delhis problems will keep mounting if the review process for the Master Plan-2021 continues to crawl,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said many changes in the Master Plan were being made without taking her government into confidence.
The review process for the Master Plan valid until 2021 has been going on for almost two years. A city like Delhi has been growing at a very fast pace but the land use changes under the review process tends to take time as they have to be cleared by the DDA,then go to the Lt Governor and then to the Ministry of Urban Development. I feel that the decisions should be quicker otherwise the problems will keep mounting, Dikshit told Newsline.
She said the Master Plan for a fast-growing city such as Delhi should not be for just 20 years. The DDA is also functioning without a full-time vice-chairman, she said. The Master Plan for 2021 was notified in February 2007.
In most cases,changes in the Master Plan were made but not conveyed to us. For instance,I got to know of the farmhouse policy through newspapers, Dikshit said. The policy aims to regularise farmhouses built before February 2,2007,including built-up area beyond permissible limits,by levying penalty charges.
Her government,she said,is looking at more flexibility of land use through the review process. We need to accommodate colleges,housing and more in the space available to us. And this requires flexibility of land use, she said.
According to the Chief Minister,the issue of resettlement colonies and Lal Dora Extension had more or less been resolved. What needs to be kept in mind during the review process is that Delhi no longer has an agricultural character and is mostly urbanised.
On the issue of bringing Bengali Market out of the Lutyens Bungalow Zone,Dikshit said: Some houses in Bengali Market were allowed more floor area ratio before the area was included in LBZ. We have taken up the matter of excluding it from the Lutyens Zone. The Urban Development Ministry has been very sympathetic and I have been pursuing this matter with them. She said no other colony had made a similar representation to her government so far.
The area around Bengali Market has 270 plots. Of these,around 200 were reconstructed with additional FAR between 1998 and 2002 when the colony was taken off the LBZ list. In 2003,it was again listed under LBZ. For a decade now,owners of the remaining 70 plots have been trying for relaxation in building byelaws. Most houses in this area have two storeys.