In a proposal before the Delhi Lt-Governor, Delhi’s premier land-owning agency, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), has suggested twin corporate towers, a park, old-age homes and studio apartments for its ambitious ‘Lake City project’ at Sanjay Lake in East Delhi. The plan is set to come up for approval at the next authority meeting of the department.
In February this year, a plea before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) sought a ban on the upcoming project, claiming it will shrink the catchment area which is needed to recharge the lake. However, the DDA is in the process of filing a reply to the NGT, assuring them that they will ensure the level of the catchment area is maintained and that their project will be mainly to “rejuvenate” the lake.
According to a senior DDA official, in its proposal before the L-G, the DDA has mentioned that its project will include an integrated commercial and housing development complex, which will be constructed around the lake. The construction will be on the basis of mixed land use so that commercial and residential space can be utilised judiciously and that the street remains an ‘active street’ throughout the day. This, officials said, will ensure safety of women and passersby at all times of the day.
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The DDA plans to build two corporate towers with office spaces. The department is also mulling having a helipad on the tower, subject to permission from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and other agencies concerned.
The project will be developed along the lines of the ‘East Delhi hub’, a 75-acre project for which the DDA last week signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Buildings Corporation Ltd (NBCC). This project too will have an ‘iconic tower’ with a helipad. The tower will be 300-m high.
Once the project is completed, residents will be walking past restaurants, arcades, eateries and food courts facing the lake. “The idea is to build a sub-city. It will have twin towers, a park, a restaurant, a promenade, 500 studio apartments and 500 old-age homes,” the official said.
Officials said the idea behind such sub-cities is to ensure that there is less traffic congestion and the area becomes pedestrian-friendly. “Both the East Delhi hub and the Lake City project are ambitious projects that the department is undertaking. These areas are never part of planned colonies and not many wish to live here. The sub-city will reduce traffic congestion, it will be more attractive and accessible. It will be safe round-the-clock,” the official said.