Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri on Monday announced that while the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has approved increased Floor Area Ratio (FAR), providing parking facility is essential for a commercial establishment or they have to pay the requisite amount if they are unable to provide space.
The final recommendations that will be notified by the Ministry include “uniform Floor Area Ratio on shop-cum-residence plot”. But while the FAR has been increased, the onus is on the commercial establishment and the local body to identify parking space.
The owners have to pay one-time parking charges. “In case parking cannot be provided within the plot, the concerned local bodies shall identify and develop the land for providing shared/common parking. In the absence of any land for parking in the vicinity, such complexes/street shall be declared as ‘pedestrian shopping street/area’,” Mr. Puri said. He insisted that no parking shall spillover in common areas. The restaurants and pubs will be relocated out of the residential area, Mr. Puri said.
There will be uniform norms for utilisation of basement in all the shop-cum-residential plots.
The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee started the sealing drive in December last year against establishments functioning in contravention to the provisions of the Master Plan 2021.
In a reprieve to traders, the DDA’s technical committee had recommended a few amendments to the Master Plan. These amendments were cleared by the authority on 2 February and the same were put up in the public domain inviting suggestions.
A total of 741 objections were received and another 210 oral submissions were made.
The Minister also said that work on the Delhi’s next Master Plan 2041 has started.