After months of discussions, finally, the Union Government on Friday notified the proposed amendments to the Master Plan for Delhi (MPD)-2021. In February, the civic body had processed the modifications, in order to bring relief to traders from the continuous sealing drive. However, last month the Supreme Court issued a directive to the DDA to invite fresh suggestions from the public on the basis of whom further amendments will take place.
So after seeking all the public suggestion, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs issued a notification in which all the fresh amendments were included. As per the notification, areas developed prior to 1962, like Lajpat Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Kamla Nagar etc., having commercial activities, will now be permitted to continue their work as per conditions prescribed under the mixed-use land regulations.
The notification read, “For shop-cum-residence complexes, in case the total floor area ratio (FAR) in the “existing building exceeds the permissible FAR on plots of size above 100 square metres and up to 250 sqm, such excess FAR [upto maximum 350]shall be permitted subject to payment of penalty charges amounting to 1.5 times the applicable charges”.
It also said that if an individual wants to covert his residence into a commercial shop then, the prescribed conversion charges will be applicable with the proper approval of the government.
Many residents also objected for having liquor shops in the residential areas. So with the new notification, now no liquor shops, bars, discotheques, pubs, and clubs will be allowed in residential premises as mixed use (residential-cum-commercial). It meant that no house owner of a multi-storeyed building can open any such recreation facilities on any of its floor or in any part of the building.
The notification further read that in order to meet the parking requirements, local civic bodies along with concerned traders or establishments or RWAs have to identify and develop the land for providing shared or common parking.
In order to curb increasing pollution in the capital city, activities which are non-polluting, non-hazardous and not prohibited by law shall be permitted in residential areas.