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Architects body cites Master Plan provision to object to land use change for Central Vista revamp

NEW DELHI: A national body of architects has objected to the DDAs proposal of changing land use (CLU) of 80.5 acres for the Central Vista revamp, which includes concentration of more government offices in the area, claiming such a move violates Delhi Master Plan provisions. It also said there were no details of compensatory allocation of land for recreational/public and semi-public use, which would be “lost”.
Citing the Master Plan provision, the northern chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) claimed the policy document said no new central government office should be located in Delhi. It quoted the Master Plan, which says, “As per NCR Plan, no new central government and public sector undertaking offices should be located in NCTD. However, the issue of shifting existing government/PSU offices from Delhi as well as restricting the setting up of new offices would only be possible after a time-bound action plan is prepared together with suitable incentives and disincentives.”
In its letter to the DDA, which is responsible for CLUs, the IIA requested the authority to make the details public before going ahead. It claimed the changes “seem to be conflicting with the Master Plan of Delhi-2021”. It also sought details of any study done to assess the impact of additional pedestrian and vehicular traffic that the CLUs will generate.
The DDAs CLU proposal indicates that the new residence of the PM is likely to come up on a 15-acre plot located north of Dalhousie Road near South BlockRead More – Source

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