DDA approval likely,temporary cinemas on firm ground

The seven temporary cinemas in the city are likely to be allowed to function on a permanent basis

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 2:11:56 am

The seven temporary cinemas in the city are likely to be allowed to function on a permanent basis. The Delhi Development Authority is likely to give the final approval,but the cinemas will be asked to adhere to certain conditions.

Suggestions and objections for this policy have been received and reviewed and the final clearance may be given in a DDA meeting to be held on Tuesday.

These cinemas started in the 1950s,in temporary tin structures,with an aim to provide affordable entertainment to economically weaker sections of society. Most of these cinemas are now in bad shape and the owners have been planning to upgrade them. Even though concrete structures have replaced the tin sheds,the cinemas are still known as “temporary”.

As of now,these cinemas are not recognised under Delhi Master Plan-2021.

“If the authority clears the proposal,a final notification will be issued,after which these cinemas will be regularised with certain conditions. It was decided in an earlier meeting that these cinemas will be allowed a floor area ratio of up to 100,subject to a maximum of 2,000 sqm of built up area. In case a cinema hall occupies more land,the rest of the area must be kept green. For other aspects,normal cinema hall rules will be applicable,” a DDA official said.

Owners of these cinemas plan to renovate and upgrade the cinema structure so that they can draw crowds again. Their audience has been dwindling,especially since swanky multiplexes were built in the city.

“Most of us built proper cinema houses in the late 1980s. The building plan of my cinema house was approved in 1987. I will upgrade my cinema and will make a multiplex in its place if it is allowed. The prices of tickets will be kept affordable,keeping in mind the income of people living in the vicinity of the cinema hall”,Zahoor Ahmed,owner of Hans Cinema,said.

The cheapest ticket at these cinemas still costs Rs 20 and balcony seats sell for a maximum of Rs 50. The temporary cinemas include Swaran or Supreme in Vishwas Nagar,Seble on Mathura Road,Lokesh on Rohtak Road,Suraj in Najafgarh and Hans Cinema in Azadpur.

Raj Cinema in Tilak Nagar and Chanderlok Cinema in CR Park are not functional.

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