With the official process of the Delhi Master Plan review underway,and with Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath insisting on vertical growth as the only answer to the citys woes,increasing floor area ratio (FAR) of major redevelopment projects in New Delhi area has been given a vertical go-ahead,literally.
The biggest project of them all,the general pool of residential accommodation for Type-III and Type-IV government employees in Sarojini Nagar,will replace the old dilapidated buildings commonly scoffed at as sarkari makaan,giving a much-needed facelift to New Delhi.
The other projects cleared by the Union Cabinet include redevelopment of government houses in R K Puram,East Kidwai Nagar,West Kidwai Nagar,Laxmibai Nagar,New Moti Bagh,and Srinivas Puri.
A senior Central PWD official said the redevelopment projects would convert the present residential pool into environment friendly housing complexes,with added focus on green spaces,water and sewerage discharge treatment plants,use of solar power,etc.
While the New Moti Bagh and the East/West Kidwai Nagar redevelopment projects would be implemented by the National Buildings Construction Corporation,the other projects would be carried out by the Central PWD.
A senior official of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) said the focus on redevelopment of old government houses was aimed at bringing about a vertical growth,and the plan is to create multi-storey buildings in place of the existing pool of government accommodation.
We need to fully utilise the FAR now. The number of dwelling units in these government colonies is going to be tripled after redevelopment, NDMC Secretary Santosh Vaidya told Newsline.
At present,Sarojini Nagar has about 4,000 flats for Type-III and Type-IV government employees. While urban planners have been debating the viability of vertical growth in the absence of basic infrastructure facilities to support such growth,the NDMC says making water available in all areas was going to be the biggest challenge.
We are currently augmenting the power supply to all areas. But the critical issue is going to be augmenting water supply in tandem with increase in population, Vaidya said.
The Delhi Jal Board supplies water in bulk to the NDMC,which is then distributed by the civic agency internally. The NDMC quota,however,has been limited to 120 million litres a day under the Delhi Water Board Act. However,the civic agency is trying to plug leakages in its internal system in an effort to augment the supply.
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