Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendra Jain has written to the Urban Development Ministry asking for a timeline — of three to six months — be specified for addressing the issue of project approvals.
He said it takes “three to four years for getting any building or construction proposal approved by the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) and the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC)”.
The letter, sent in April, states, “Recently with the approval of the Hon’ble Lieutenant-Governor, submission of detailed drawings at Stage III has been done away with. However, a timeline needs to be fixed for according approval by these bodies to important projects required for decongestion of roads. A timeline of three to six months may be fixed for examination and approval of the proposal by UTTIPEC and a timeline of one month for such projects by DUAC may be prescribed.”
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The Minister has also requested that issue of inconsistencies between the industrial policy of the Delhi government and Master Plan 2021 be resolved. Jain also wants interstate issues regarding provision of land to be addressed. Delhi requires land from the Uttar Pradesh government for the Kalindi Bypass and also near the UP link road for Barapullah Phase III.
Earlier this year, the UTTIPEC in its governing body meeting, had approved the removal of a whole stage in the approval process, which officials claim would save a year’s delay in the construction of projects.
Addressing the issue of inconsistencies between the industrial policy of the Delhi government and the Master Plan 2021, the letter states, “I have received many complaints that certain industrial activities permissible as per the industrial policy are not being permitted on the pretext of these not being covered under the MPD 2021”.
Jain has sought optimum utilisation of the limited available land in Delhi in terms of enhancing FAR on a par with redevelopment norms for vacant industrial plots of DSIIDC and other government organisations, no height restrictions on industrial plots subject to permissions from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and fire department and allowing enhanced FAR for industrial plots of one acre or more.
Jain has also sought government assistance in resolving interstate issues for construction of sanctioned projects in Delhi. The letter has requested the Ministry’s intervention in “persuading the government of Uttar Pradesh for providing 43 hectares of land for construction of the Kalindi Bypass”.
“The matter had been taken up at the level of the chief secretary of the two states and also at the level of secretary, Ministry of Urban Development. But the UP government is yet to respond,” the letter said.
Jain has also requested for 8.75 hectares of land near the UP Link road for the Barapullah elevated road project in Phase III.