CM concerned about more high-rises in capital

Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit today expressed her reservations on allowing high-rise buildings in the capital, saying that availability of power and water should be factored in before going ahead with it.

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2011, 16:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Shiela
Dikshit today expressed her reservations on allowing high-rise
buildings in the capital, saying that availability of power
and water should be factored in before going ahead with it.

Responding to a question on Urban Development Minister
Kamal Nath`s recent comment that the capital should grow
vertically, Dikshit said that she was not very keen about the
idea.

"Personally I am not very keen on high-rises because
Delhi has a very great sense of space," Dikshit told
reporters.

She, however, added that taller buildings could come up
in the outer regions of the capital.

"But yes, in the outer portions of Delhi where there is
lot of vacant land and which is no longer being used for
agriculture, agriculture activities are fading out, I am sure
we can make (buildings there)," she commented.

Dikshit said that it had to be seen how the review of the
Master Plan of Delhi shapes up. "Let us see how it comes
along. Plan will be made and then opinions will be sought over
it," she said.

The Chief Minister said that for creating taller
buildings, power and water availability also had to be
factored.

"We must have enough water. We must have enough power.
There will be escalators which should be functioning. We also
have to maintain greens," Dikshit said.

"Delhi`s has a sense of space, it should not become a
claustrophobic city, it should become an open city," she
added.

Dikshit was speaking to reporters after attending a
workshop organised by the National Capital Region Planning
Board (NCRPB).

She also said that that the National Capital Region
should be a zone of common facilities. Otherwise due to lack
of facilities people from neighbouring regions will keep
flocking to Delhi.

PTI