Gardens, roads key links in Lutyens plan
Lutyens Delhi of 1932, developed on the basis of a layout by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, was modelled around the garden city principle. The central avenue had the President’s House and was surrounded by government buildings and bungalows.
The Delhi Urban Art Commission’s (DUAC) recommendation to the urban development ministry that the LBZ be shrunk by five square kilometres — from the existing 28.73 sq km to 23.60 sq km — and the bungalows excluded from the zone allowed to go higher, is likely to increase real estate opportuni ties. However, it has little relevance in making Delhi a livable city, says master architect Munishwar Nath Ashish Ganju, who was part of the MN Buch Committee for the renewal of the LBZ area in 1999.“This is the beginning of the end of the LBZ,” he says.“LBZ has a special morphology in the relationship of the roads with the gardens and the buildings,” he says. The Gurgaon market will not be affected by the changes in the Lutyens Zone. A person working in Gurgaon will continue to prefer a penthouse of 5,000 sq ft worth ₹ 15 crore instead of a smaller unit in Golf Links. At best, the excluded areas would compete with the farmhouse market, says Shweta Jain, executive director – residential services Cushman and Wakefield India.
Experts say that the Bengali Market area is currently the cheapest at ₹ 5.6lakh per sq yard despite being closest to the central business district of Connaught Place as it cannot be redeveloped.
Sunder Nagar and seven other areas were designed as the buffer zone around the LBZ.