MG Road buildings to rise from the debris
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
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