Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Govt approves Transit Oriented Development Policy for Delhi

Urban Development Ministry on Tuesday approved the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Policy for Delhi, with an aim to address the growing problems of pollution, congestion and shortage of homes for the poor and middle class in the state. 

The influence zone in the TOD policy will be 500 metre on both side of metro corridor. The policy will allow mix land use, which will have a blend of residential, commercial and institutional developments. 

"Development/redevelopment in TOD zone will be incentivized by providing significantly higher FAR (floor area ratio) of 400, which will enable vertical construction that is required to address shortage of land availability," the government release said. 

However, these higher norms can be availed only for plots of area of 1 hectare or more for which a comprehensive integrated scheme has to be prepared. 

It will be mandatory to use a minimum of 30% of overall FAR for residential use, a minimum of 10% of FAR for commercial use and a minimum of 10% of FAR for community facilities. Utilization of remaining 50% FAR shall be as per the land use category designated in the Zonal Plan. 

The mandatory residential component covering 30% FAR shall wholly comprise units of 65 sq metre area or less. Out of these half of the FAR, i.e. 15% of the total FAR, has to be used for units of size ranging between 32-40 sq metre. Over and above this, an additional mandatory FAR of 15%, i.e. FAR of 60 has to be utilized for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The size of EWS units will range between 32-40 sq metre. 

"This is a significant pro-poor and pro middle class measure which will further the objectives of 'Housing For All' Mission," the government release said. 

20% of land shall be used for roads/circulation areas; 20% area for green open space shall be kept open for general public use at all times; while another 10% area of green area may be for exclusive use. 

TOD zone would comprise approximately 20% of Delhi's overall area. However, TOD will not be applicable in Lutyens Bungalow Zone, Civil Lines Bungalows Area, Monument regulated zone, Zone 'O' (around river Yamuna) and Low Density Residential Area.

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