The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has proposed doing away with boundary walls along residential societies for its future projects. The move comes keeping in mind the issue of women’s security, which the department believes will be ensured if premises are not surrounded by high boundary walls and are instead lined with commercial spaces, a concept based on the policy of Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
The policy of TOD calls for optimum utilisation of space based on mixed land use. It seeks to benefit residents by integrating space by utilising both commercial and residential land. “The idea of doing away with boundary walls will ensure that the space is utilised for setting up commercial property, thereby ensuring a dense street, which will remain active and busy throughout the day and night. This will ensure women’s safety,” a senior DDA official said.
According to officials, the decision was taken recently at the department’s board meeting. Reportedly, this will now be put up before the authority meeting chaired by the Lt-Governor next month. “At the meeting, we decided that from here on, all future projects, whether residential or sub-cities, will have no boundary walls. It is possible that minor changes may be proposed to this concept at the authority meeting. We are also willing to push for construction of boundary walls with a lesser height so that visibility is not compromised on. No boundary walls will ensure greater ground visibility and thereby safety of women,” the official said.
Sources said if approved, the concept will be used during the construction of the ‘East Delhi Hub’, slated to come up near Karkardooma. Officials said the Sanjay Lake project, a sub-city to be constructed in East Delhi, too will utilise this concept.
“In places like Thailand and Malaysia, the residential properties do not have boundary walls constructed around them. The space is left open and maintained as an active street with shops, kiosks, eateries. At the same time, privacy for residential properties is also not compromised because the norms permit construction of separate entrances,” the official said.