No takers for green incentives in Delhi

Unique ID for green buildings planned

September 05, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 28, 2016 03:36 pm IST

The government flats in New Moti Bagh and (right) the first residential building in C.R. Park have been certified as green.— Photos: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The government flats in New Moti Bagh and (right) the first residential building in C.R. Park have been certified as green.— Photos: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Upcoming green buildings in Delhi might soon be assigned a unique identification number to help get incentives like extra Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and proposed tax rebates.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had last year approved the proposal to incentivise the construction of green buildings in the Capital and necessary modifications were made in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021. The major incentive provided for green buildings is the provision of extra FAR of up to five per cent. Despite this incentive, the DDA is yet to get any application asking for extra FAR from developers of green buildings. “The incentives are applicable, but till date we have received no such request,” said a senior DDA official, who did not wish to be named. “The incentive is applicable only for buildings that are being constructed and have been rated as green building. Existing green buildings will not get such benefits,” he added.

While Delhi is yet to see enthusiastic response for such incentives, similar incentives provided by the Noida Authority have been lapped up by developers. As a result, most of the upcoming green building projects of Delhi-NCR are located in Noida.

In order to avail of incentives from the local authority, under whose jurisdiction a building is coming up, developers and owners might get unique identification numbers. “As there are many different civic agencies in the city, a unique number will make it easy to keep a proper record of such buildings and also make the process of getting incentives smoother for the applicants,” the official said.

The incentives provided under the Master Plan will be based on the rating criteria prescribed by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) for green buildings. Once a project gets the rating, a separate application has to be made to the authority concerned to get extra FAR.

Norms that are largely to be followed include recycling of treated waste water with separate lines for potable water and recycled water. Projects will also have to install dual piping system for potable and non-potable water. Groundwater has to be recharged through rain water harvesting, conserving water bodies and regulating groundwater abstraction. Treated sewage effluent should be recycled for non-potable uses like gardening, washing of vehicles, cooling towers, etc. Utilities such as underground water storage tank, roof-top water harvesting system, separate dry and wet dustbins, etc., are to be provided within the plot.

For bigger projects, of sizes 3,000 square metre and above, provision of cavity walls, atriums, shading devices in buildings will be encouraged to make them energy efficient. Solar heating system will be provided on all plots with roof area of 3000 square metre and above.

The incentives are applicable, but till date we have received no such request

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