Gar­dens, roads key links in Lu­tyens plan

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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.

SANCHIT KHANNA/ HT

Sun­der Na­gar and seven other ar­eas were de­signed as the buf­fer zone around the LBZ.

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