Were partially demolished by MCD in 2006 for lack of building permission
Six years after they were torn down, four buildings along MG Road, including two that housed high-end fashion brands, have received the green signal “to construct and restore”.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Office issued directions for the restoration of building numbers 1, 2, 10 and 13, partially demolished by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in 2006. At that time, the civic body had said that these structures were constructed without the requisite building sanction.
Directions for restoration were passed after a meeting in March this year. Ranjan Mukherjee, Officer on Special Duty to the Lt-Governor, said: “(Owners of) the four structures, which were demolished can construct and restore buildings and start their businesses in compliance with building bylaws. With the transit oriented development (TOD) project coming up on this stretch and a separate chapter being dedicated to TOD in the Delhi Master Plan-2021, these buildings will be able to take advantage of increased floor area ratio at a later stage, once the TOD project is notified.’’
Apart from these four buildings, the L-G’s Office also allowed owners of other buildings along MG Road to construct “full buildings”. Owners had stopped at partial construction, fearing their buildings too would be demolished.
The basic principle of TOD is mixed-land use along transport corridors. This means a mix of residential, commercial and high-density development, leading to multi-storeyed construction.
At present, the Master Plan-2021 provides for development along and around Mass Rapid Transit System stations, within an influence zone of 500 metres, an official said.
Manish Gupta, Commissioner of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, said: “Properties along MG Road have sent plans for building sanction. We have not given them approval yet, we have asked the DDA to clarify development control norms, such as FAR, which will be applicable to these buildings since this area is to be notified as a TOD corridor.’’
“As per the orders passed, the four properties will come up again but they have to comply with norms relating to height, fire safety, structural stability, etc. They will have to pay external development and regularisation charges and provide adequate parking space,’’ a source said.