New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Tuesday approved a slew of measures at its meeting, chaired by Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, including the measures to implement a transit-oriented development (TOD) model in the Capital, which is expected to focus city building in and around a transit node or corridor. This mode will be focused on large areas near rapid public transport, with ease of access to that transit facility in a bid to encourage increased usage of public transportation in the city. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DDA said that the TOD model of development will help in the building of mixed-use, mixed-income developments where residential, commercial, civic or institutional establishments will be located close to each other, allowing for the formation of closely-knit social communities with vibrant shared spaces for the common public to use. Moreover, the Authority said that these developments will provide a variety of housing types for a range of income groups across the socio-economic scale and demographic types in the city. In order to facilitate this, all TOD integrated schemes will have a minimum component of 30 percent overall FAR (Floor Area Ratio) for residential usage and EWS FAR of 15 percent over and above the proposed FAR will be applicable. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn addition to this, the DDA also approved certain amendments to the Master Plan Delhi 2021, under which banks will be allowed to house their bank lockers in the basements of the premises of the existing branch. Further, restaurants on the ground floor will not be allowed to operate unless they have valid appropriate licenses with all statutory clearances, as existing on or before Tuesday (September 17) and only on notified mixed-use streets. The DDA also approved the fixation of amalgamation charges for commercial properties in a bid to ensure ease of doing business. The new charges will be at 10 percent of the circle rates applicable at the time of submission of the request for amalgamation and will apply on the total area of the plot. The plots that are found to be amalgamated without permission and the lessee/owner approaches for regularisation, an additional charge of 20 percent of the rates may be recovered. Separately, the DDA also worked out that 10 percent of the market value of the plot and the market value of the extra floor generated will be calculated and the greater of the two will be charged towards amalgamated fees. Adding to these measures, the Authority also approved changes in the landuse policy for colleges and universities in the Narela sub-city, removal of embargo to execute conveyance deed for five years, changes to policy for damanges collection from residents and relaxations with respect to flats alloted to persons with disabilities.
DDA okays TOD model for Delhi