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With a view to fulfill the targets set out by the Delhi Master Plan 2021, the DDA has incorporated 26 new areas by declaring them as development areas. These 26 villages had been identified as ‘low density residential areas’ and hence the move comes in wake of the tussle that saw the MCD vociferously oppose the DDA’s move to do so.
For the residents, though it brings plenty of cheer as the DDA would now be held accountable for providing basic civic amenities at par with the other areas that come under its ambit in and around the Capital. Conversely, some Farmhouses would end up on the losing side as the DDA plans to regularise the farmhouses built before February 2, 2007 including the built up area beyond the permissible limits and laying penalty charges on the ones failing to oblige the guidelines. The revenue, which was the bone of contention between the MCD and the DDA seems to have been resolved with the DDA striving to find a middle ground. According to the Delhi Development Authority, the revenue generated via the fines levied would be shared between the DDA and MCD in accordance with the modalities decided by the centre.
In another development, the city hospitals would be getting more Floor Area Ratio (FAR) by categorising hospitals on the basis available floor per patient and not on the basis of area and population and having only category as “Hospital” instead of the myriad categorisations existing under the Master Plan 2021. ALso, the DDA has approved the tweaking of land use - from utility to commercial- in case of land measuring 27,000 sq m to facilitate development of DIlli Haat in East Delhi by covering the Shahdara link drain of the Irrigation and Flood Department.