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MHU – The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs informed that the Delhi Development Authority [DDA] has approved group housing on Industrial plots in the city. The Authority also notified the conversion charges for developing residential units and commercial activities both on the industrial plots in the National Capital city.

In order to develop more housing units, the DDA decided to change Industrial clusters for land-use change for which the conversion fees shall be paid. Durga Shanker Mishra, Ministry Secretary said that the residential units including group housing on industrial units comprising of 3,000 Sq.mtrs. has been approved under Master Plan 2021. There are some more eligibility that are required to be met for the construction of the same.

The conversion rate will be applicable according to the circle rates of the nearby residential localities. The Ministry Secretary also stated that the non-industrial activities can be carried out on commercial plots only after paying for the conversion charges. The charge varies between Residential GH and Floor Area Ratio [FAR]. The conversion charges for approving Residential [GH] use starts from Rs 14,328 to Rs 24,777 per sq. meters and extended FAR [Floor-Area Ratio] charges are set from Rs 3,039 to Rs 7,597 per sq. meters in different industrial areas.

It is also been stated that five years tenure is the completion period for all housing units that will be developed on these commercial plots as this pre-fixed completion date will prove beneficial in timely delivery of residential units. The payment of conversion charges paid will be used for augmentation of services, infrastructure and development of the surrounding areas.  Also, the use conversion charges for allowing ‘commercial”/”hospital” stands at 1.25 times of the rates of use conversion charges of ‘residential (GH)”. Currently, DDA has issued a notification to enable the planned development of privately owned lands in the Delhi.

The devising of ‘Regulation for Enabling the planned Development of Privately Owned Lands’ was taken up for consideration under Section 57 of the DDA ACT, 1957 to make this policy operational. According to the sources, this policy is only applicable for the private land pockets that have been left out of the planned development. Also, the plots that could not be acquired and land pockets for which acquisition proceedings has been rejected by the Hon’ble courts will fall under the policy.

The new policy is not applicable on the premises falling in the reserved forest, covered under water bodies, land pockets falling under the ridge and regional parks.