Urban Development Ministry today almost doubled the floor area ratio for constructions around mass rapid transit systems like the Metro, albeit with some riders, to address the issues of traffic congestion and shortage of housing in Delhi.
The move which will allow more vertical constructions comes under the Transit Oriented Development Policy (TOD) for Delhi approved by the Ministry. It allows mixed land use and sustainable inhabitation with minimised travel time for citizens and easy availability of public transport.
A significantly higher floor area ratio (FAR) of 400 per cent from earlier up to 250 per cent will now allow more floors in a building that is required to address shortage of land availability, according to a senior UD Ministry official said
However, TOD will not be applicable in Lutyens Bungalow Zone, Civil Lines Bungalows Area, Monument regulated zone, Zone ‘O’ (around river Yamuna) and Low Density Residential Area. TOD zone would comprise approximately 20 per cent of Delhi’s overall area.
According to a senior UD Ministry official, TOD is a key policy initiative for low-carbon, high-density and compact living spaces. It envisages creation of more homogeneous neighbourhoods, having work places near residences, creating public amenities within walking distances and providing safe environment through redevelopment along MRTS (Mass Rapid Transport System) corridors in the national capital.