GDA looks at Metro route to growth
Authority passes proposal to allow TOD along two Metro corridors. Only owners of large plots likely to benefit from scheme
The approval of transit -oriented development (TOD) by the ministry of urban development in July this year was aimed at addressing the shortage of affordable housing, pollution and congestion and to promote the walkto-work concept. The policy provided for a higher floor area ratio or FAR of 400, enabling vertical construction or tall buildings within the influence zone extending to 500 metre on both sides of the mass rapid transit system ( MRTS) in the Capital.
Taking a cue from Delhi, Ghaziabad has now proposed a similar policy for areas falling under the Metro’s influence zone along its two Metro corridors – the functional 2.57 km line from Anand Vihar to Vaishali and the other 9.41 km (under-construction) corridor from Dilshad Garden to the New Bus Stand.
In its TOD proposal, the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has defined 500-metre zones on each side of the Metro corridors. There are no hard and fast rules related to the 500-metre limit. It can be extended to a physical boundary like a major road or a railway line, say GDA sources.
The authority has allowed mixed land use as part of TOD in several residential areas along the Metro route. The ‘influence zone’ in the 9.41 km stretch under construction will include Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Shalimar Garden, Lajpat Nagar,
Radhey Shyam Park, Navin Park and Patel Nagar. The operational line will have Vaishali as part of its influence zone with the Site-4 industrial area on the other side.
Earlier this week, GDA put its TOD proposal before its board which approved it on the condition that additional areas (such as those in the industrial belt) also be brought under TOD and given extra FAR.
The zoning regulations for
TOD released in March had specified that plots of 5,000 sq m in developed areas with a road 60 ft or more could get an additional FAR of up to 4. Underdeveloped areas with plot sizes of 40,000 sq m and road 100 ft wide or less could get a maximum FAR of 5.
To include industrial areas, sources in GDA say that once industrial plots held by the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Cor poration
( UPSIDC) are included, the zoning regulations and planning norms for TOD will open for public objections according to which areas could be extended or decreased. After clearance, it would be forwarded to the state government for final approval following which a gazette notification would be issued, GDA sources said.