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

HT Estates - - NEWS - Van­dana Ram­nani

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.

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