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DDA in process of amending Master Plan 2021: Puri on sealing

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said today the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was in the process of amending Delhi's Master Plan 2021 to provide relief to the traders from the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

He said the ministry has proposed certain amendments to the master plan which would be taken up by the DDA in its meeting on February 2.

"We are actually going to address the Master Plan... It will need amendment and we are in the process of amending the Master Plan with a view to resolving the issues," Puri told reporters here.

The ministry has proposed providing a uniform Floor Area Ratio (FAR) in shop-cum-residential plots, complexes operating in commercial streets, residential areas, commercial and local shopping centres, he said.

FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the piece of land upon which it is built.

Puri said by how much the FAR would be raised depends on the authority which will "work it out" depending on the size of the plots.

The ministry has also proposed allowing commercial activities in the basement at all commercial streets, subject to payment of requisite charges, he said.

Besides proposing reduction in penalty charges, the ministry was also preparing a separate policy for godown clusters in non-conforming areas.

"These proposal require amendment in the master plan, for which the agenda has to approved by the authority in its next meeting on February 2," Puri said, adding then, people's suggestions and objections on it would be sought.

He said the ministry has also decided to reduce the number of days for which the notification has to be put in public domain from 45 days to three considering the urgency of the situation.

Municipal corporations in Delhi have undertaken the sealing drive initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. Commercial premises have been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021.

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First Published: Jan 31 2018 | 10:15 PM IST

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