Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna on Monday said private developers could participate in the development process of the citys unauthorised colonies which have been recently regularised.
Redevelopment of all unauthorised colonies is going to be a huge opportunity for the developers, he said,while speaking at a workshop to review the Master Plan Delhi-2021.
Khanna said some developers had shown interest and those selected for redevelopment of the colonies could be given extra floor area ratio (FAR) as incentive.
The developers could consolidate and redevelop these colonies. As part of the reconstruction plan,50 per cent extra FAR could be provided to them to ensure that they can construct more residential housing to make the process economically viable, he said.
He suggested that the FAR might be enhanced further and the government was open to such suggestions.
Only 50 per cent of the population live in planned areas, Khanna said,adding that the planning process could not keep pace with the influx in Delhi.
Khanna said slack and inefficient enforcement was one of the reasons that led to the growth of unauthorised colonies in the city.
He said housing for the economically weaker section was the answer to prevent encroachment on public land. Besides these colonies,Delhi has around 600 slum clusters which house 30 lakh people, he said.
Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath,who also attended the workshop,said the fact that hundreds of unauthorised colonies in Delhi had to be regularised through a legislation is a tribute to bad planning.
Delhi has had the problem of bad planning and bad enforcement. It is just not bad enforcement. What will you enforce? How can you enforce 1,600 irregular colonies? Nath said.
Perhaps we are the only country in the world which had to bring in a legislation,the Delhi Law Special Provision Act,saying we are going to regularise these colonies. What is this a tribute to? It is a tribute to bad planning, he said.
Nath said enforcement agencies alone could not handle problems created by poor planning.
The minister said there was no scope for lateral expansion in Delhi. Market forces have to be considered while planning urban areas, he said.
He said high-rises were needed otherwise slums would keep cropping up. The minister said everyone wanted open spaces,but the ground realities had to be factored in. Good planning cannot be good poetry, he said.
As Nath reiterated his stand on vertical growth in the city,Delhi Urban Arts Commission Chairman Raj Rewal said this should be considered only in select areas.
Farmhouses are lungs of the city
Defending the DDAs decision to regularise farmhouses built before February 2007,Lt-Governor Khanna said these functioned as lungs of the city. He said it would be a disaster if high-density buildings were built in their place,given the depleting groundwater level.
70% of Yamuna bank houses unsafe
The Lt Governor said a survey by the CRRI after the Lalita Park house collapse had found that 70 per cent of buildings on the banks of the Yamuna were structurally unsafe.