The provision has been approved by the DDA, and is included in the suggested amendments to Delhi Master Plan-2021. The suggestions have been sent for final approval.
RWAs across the city are slamming the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for its decision to allow commercial activities in residential colonies and buildings. RWAs have blamed political pressure for the arbitrary decision.
In its notification, DDA has agreed to allow commercial and professional activities in the basement of buildings. It read: “As per the amendment on Delhi Master Plan-2021, traders will be responsible to manage parking space. If it’s not possible, it is respective civic authority’s job to provide parking space.”
Talking to City Spidey, SK Bhatia, general secretary of Greater Kailash I RWA, said, “On the one hand, the DDA said basements of buildings should be used for parking, and on the other, it is allowing commercial activities. DDA itself is not clear about its decision.”
RWAs had objected to the changes in the master plan, but the DDA said it had become necessary to initiate the changes due to urban growth.
The amendments were approved by the DDA in a meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, and have now been sent to the Union Urban Development Ministry for final approval.
BS Vohra, president of East Delhi RWA Joint Forum, said, “Inviting suggestions from RWAs was just a formality on paper. We are planning to call a city-wide RWA meeting very soon.”