Staff Reporter

Regulatory body soon: Jaipal Reddy

NEW DELHI: After offering relief to lakhs of traders and residents in the Capital by notifying the Master Plan for Delhi-2021, Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy on Monday said a statutory regulatory authority would be constituted soon to monitor all construction activities in the Capital.

Stating that lack of enforcement of laws was the main reason for the mushrooming of unauthorised constructions and illegal shops in the city, Mr. Reddy said many committees had recommended setting up of a regulatory authority to enforce building by-laws and ensure planned development of the city.

This would soon become a reality so that previous mistakes committed by various agencies were not repeated, he said at a symposium on "Delhi: Stepping towards re-construction".

Defending the new Master Plan, the Minister said it gave relief to traders, most of who belong to weaker sections and were self-employed. "It would not only give relief to all sections of society but also give directions for planned growth and better future for Delhi," he added.

Mr. Reddy said that if required, his Government was prepared to increase the floor area ratio beyond 400 per cent, provided people and experts come forward with redevelopment plans. High-rise structures were needed in Delhi but in a modest and modern way, he added.