The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has announced some changes to the master plan which are likely to provide relief to the traders hit by the ongoing sealing drive. DDA has approved the proposal to give uniform floor area ratio (FAR) in shop-cum-residential plots on par with residential plots. DDA has also decided to reduce the penalty on non-payment of conversion charges from 10 times to twice the amount. Further, it was decided to allow commercial activities in the basement. However, these changes are subject to availability of parking and statutory clearances, including fire, structural safety, building bylaws, etc.
However, the changes proposed by the DDA has given rise to some confusion too.For example, there is no clarity on ground coverage. At present, 100% ground coverage is allowed in all shop-cum-residence plots, a majority of which are more than 100 sq m in size.
Further, some people have expressed their apprehension as they feel that some of the proposed changes may pose hurdles in providing the desired relief to shop owners in shop-cum-residential complexes.
The changes will be notified by the Union housing and urban affairs ministry after incorporating public suggestions/objections. The duration of public notice was also reduced from 45 days to three days in the meeting. The proposed changes will be once again presented before DDA after incorporating public suggestions/objections and then sent to the ministry for notification.