Monday, 8 August 2016

TOD policy doesn’t favour builders: DDA

DDA clarified that the provisions were in the government’s favour and, in no way, did they support the builder lobby.

NEW DELHI: A day after PWD minister Satyendar Jain alleged that the Delhi Development Authority had modified the Transit Oriented Development policy to benefit private builders, the DDA on Wednesday said the provisions had been "misunderstood".

In a press statement, DDA clarified that the provisions were in the government's favour and, in no way, did they support the builder lobby.

Under the clause related to public and semi-public plots, the revised policy states that the development control norms shall be as per the "use premises prescribed in lease conditions". The DDA statement clarified: "This condition has been proposed specifically for facility plots and plots allotted for transportation and public and semi-public use. If (the) lease conditions are not imposed, then private allottees who have been allotted land by the DDA or L&DO on concessional rates in the past shall change the use of the premises and get windfall gains and, at the same time, the facilities will get reduced."

The DDA said the proposed FAR of 400 was applicable to all plots in the TOD zone, irrespective of the land-use. It said: "In the last 60 years, a large number of plots have been allotted to non-government organisations under public and semi-public facility at concessional rates to provide basic services . Since such non-government bodies cannot be allowed windfall gain by diverting public/semi-public facility plots from public domain to residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use in the private domain, TOD regulations have been explicitly included."