With officials of various departments set to meet on Thursday to discuss the progress made on the redevelopment of Khan Market,the issue of extra Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for those having terraces and barsatis is expected to be one of the main things that will be raised at the meeting. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will also demand parking land at subsidised rates.
The NDMC has already asked Land and Development Office (L&DO) to give it land for parking at a subsidised rate. The L&DO had reportedly asked for approximately Rs 15 crore for transferring the land to the NDMC. According to a High Court order,the parking issue in Khan Market needs to be sorted out before the re-development plan is carried out. But with payment still an issue,redevelopment plan seems to be stuck for the time being.
According to NDMC officials,there is a demand to increase FAR. People who have two rooms on the terrace and a gap between the two rooms,now want to cover that gap to get more FAR. They want to use this space for commercial purposes. They also want covered front verandahs to be regularised as additional FAR, the official said.
For middle street and fire safety issues,the officials will debate the fire platform as approved by Delhi Fire Service. A door on the first floor which opens to the fire platform,common gate to roof and front elevation of Khan Market and some of the issues on which a decision will be taken in Thursdays meeting, the official said.
Another important issue in the redevelopment of Khan Market is allowing openings for exhaust and fresh air units on the rooftop.
The meeting will also take forward the discussion on fire safety measures,development of utility services and augmentation of sewage and water lines.
Officials said there were some shops-related issues like permitting entrance from both sides front and rear.
This concerns shops in the middle street of Khan Market.
Shops shall be permitted to have storage space in the form of lofts. The agencies will finalise the plans for shifting of telephone boxes and electrical boxes from the middle street to the front,placement of generators and water tanks,apart from augmenting sewage systems in the middle street and centralised effluent treatment plan.
Khan market has only 75 flats,of which 49 have been converted into commercial outlets. Another 12 have applied for conversion while eight houses remained locked.