New Delhi: Property owners in the walled city
and some other areas in the national capital may be able to
regularise their enhanced floor area if a recommendation of
the Delhi government goes through.
The Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit, Monday recommended extending the floor area ratio
(FAR) from 350 to 400 in certain areas including Old Delhi
localities, Karol Bagh and in urban villages. The proposal
will be sent to the Centre.
The recommendation to extend the FAR has also been made
for 1,639 unauthorised colonies which were provided provisional
regularisation certificates by the city government. The
benefit is sought to be extended for those for buildings where
constructions beyond permissible limit have taken place not
later than the year 2007.
Lakhs of property owners seeking regularisation of floor
area ratio and having unauthorised construction in their
buildings will benefit if the recommendation, to be sent to
Union Urban Development Ministry for approval, is accepted.
In another important recommendation, the Cabinet also
said sub-division of plots should be allowed in the city.
Finance Minister A K Walia said the city government
recommended that earlier requirement of having upto 175 sq
metres of plot for having a building with 350 FAR be increased
to 250 sq metres with 400 FAR.
"The recommendation is aimed at giving relief from
demolition," said Walia.
Officials said a higher FAR will mean allowing the houses
to go up to four floors. Walia however, clarified that the
earlier condition of having a maximum height of 15 metres will
remain the same.
Walia said the city government has also recommended
increasing the FAR for areas along the Metro lines and bus
rapid corridors so as to encourage growth of real estate
sector. Currently, the maximum limit of FAR on a plot of 175
sq metre to 250 sq metre is 350.
"This recommendation has been made to ensure growth of
the areas along the Metro lines and BRT corridor," said Walia,
adding that the government has not recommended any specific
FAR for these areas.
About the recommendation for sub-division of plots,
Walia said people of the city are facing a lot of difficulties
as sub-division of plots was not allowed.
Walia said the recommendations have been made after the
Centre asked the Delhi government to provide its inputs for
finalising the Special Areas Provision Act.