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East Kidwai Nagar makeover: 4,800 self-sufficient,green units to rise from debris of 2,300 govt houses

Planned by British architects Chapman Taylor,and to be executed by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC),East Kidwai Nagar is an ambitious redevelopment project,pegged at an approximate cost of Rs 4,500 crore.

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Planned by British architects Chapman Taylor,and to be executed by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC),East Kidwai Nagar is an ambitious redevelopment project,pegged at an approximate cost of Rs 4,500 crore.

The government plans to raze the existing 2,331 government quarters in East Kidwai Nagar and replace them with multi-storeyed buildings with around 4,800 units for categories Type-II to Type-VII. The tallest of these buildings would have 18 floors,while others would have 10 floors.

The project,which aims to build a modern and environment-friendly housing complex,received approval by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs last week.

“It will be a modern and environment-friendly township,with provisions for full recycling of waste water to minimise dependency on potable water. Hundred per cent power back-up would be provided,using natural gas instead of petrol or diesel. Solarpowered streetlights would be installed as well,” a senior official said.

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While the NDMC is grappling with the issue of augmenting water supply to the increased number of housing units in its area,the NBCC plans to give surplus water — generated from its various water recharge and treatment measures — to the NDMC.

While the Cabinet has already approved the redevelopment project,some statutory clearances are still awaited,senior officials said.

The project also faces restrictions from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Airports Authority of India.

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The presence of Darya Khan’s Tomb in the vicinity restricts the NBCC from any construction within 100 metres of the ASI-protected monument. Moreover,the project’s proximity to the Safdarjung Airport limits the buildings to a maximum height of 46.5 metres.

“The redevelopment projects have been allowed to increase the average floor area ratio (FAR) to 3,and that is how we are looking at going vertical. It is because of the other restrictions,that we have stop with a maximum of 18 floors. The number of dwelling units and floors could have been much higher otherwise,” a senior official said.

Officials said most of the Type-I and Type-II houses in the existing colony were vacant,and the government has stopped making fresh allotments. “The plan is to be executed in seven phases over the next five years,” said the official.

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With the Delhi Pollution Control Committee having set fresh conditions,there will be constant noise monitoring and mitigation during the construction phase. “Even the demolition debris would be given to an outside agency to be recycled into construction material,” the official said.

The new township promises to take care of all modern-day requirements like a club,a shopping area,swimming pool,jogging tracks and a tight security system with scanners and CCTV coverage.

First published on: 29-03-2012 at 03:38 IST
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