Mixed Use in Residential Colonies in Delhi

MIXED USE Oct 26, 2020

In Delhi, the Master Plan (DMP) of 2021, prepared by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demarcates land into different types of ‘land use’ zones such as, agricultural, residential and commercial zones. A specific list of activities is allowed in each zone. For instance, automobile repair shops and liquor shops can be set up only in commercial zones.

‘Mixed Use’ refers to the combining of different types of land uses in one area. The Master Plan determines the extent and types of Mixed-Use permissible in an area.

Categorisation of residential colonies in Delhi

The DMP demarcates eight categories of residential colonies, from ‘A’ to ‘H’. Circle rates for the taxation of property registrations are decided by the Revenue Department of the Delhi government on the basis of the colony category. The circle rate in colony ‘A’ is highest; it decreases from colony ‘A’ to colony ‘H’.

Mixed Use Policy in the colonies

The DMP allows for 3 types of Mixed Use in the residential colonies. They are-

  1. Commercial activities in the form of retail shops in plots abutting notified mixed use streets. The Delhi government notifies streets as ‘Mixed Use streets’ from time to time.
  2. ‘Other Activities’ enlisted in the DMP.
  3. Professional activities enlisted in the DMP.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

These are a set of public and semi-public activities given in the DMP-

  • Pre-primary schools, including nurseries/ Montessori schools and creches.
  • Nursing homes, Clinics, Dispensaries, Pathology labs and Diagnostic centres and Wellness Centres.
  • Guest houses
  • Banks
  • Fitness Centres
  • Coaching centres / tuition centres
  • Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Vocational training centres
  • Hostels, paying guest accommodations

Mixed Use by colony category

COLONIES ‘A’ AND ‘B’

  1. Professional activity is permitted on any one floor of a residential property, subject to a maximum of 50% of the permissible Floor Area Ratio (FAR).
  2. Commercial activity in an area equivalent to the size of one plot, in plots abutting notified Mixed Use streets is permitted.

COLONIES ‘C’ AND ‘D’

  1. Mixed use in the form of retail shops is permitted on plots abutting notified mixed use streets. It is permitted only on the ground floor of residential properties. It may cover the entire ground floor.

‘Other Activities’ enlisted in the DMP are allowed in the plots abutting-

  • Roads of minimum 18 metres Right of Way (ROW) in regular plotted development areas.
  • Roads of minimum 13.5 metres ROW in rehabilitation colonies and,
  • Roads of minimum 9 metres ROW in the Walled City, regularised-unauthorised colonies, resettlement colonies, Special Areas, and urban villages.
  1. Mixed use is allowed on pedestrianised streets.
  2. Professional activity is permitted on any one floor of a residential property, subject to a maximum 50% of the permissible Floor Area Ratio (FAR).

COLONIES ‘E’, ‘F’ AND ‘G’

  1. Mixed use in the form of retail shops is permitted on plots abutting notified mixed use streets. It is permitted only on the ground floor of residential properties. It may cover the entire ground floor.

‘Other Activities’ enlisted in the DMP are allowed in the plots abutting-

  • Roads of minimum 18 metres Right of Way (ROW) in regular plotted development areas.
  • Roads of minimum 13.5 metres ROW in rehabilitation colonies and,
  • Roads of minimum 9 metres ROW in the Walled City, regularised-unauthorised colonies, resettlement colonies, Special Areas, and urban villages.
  • Mixed use is allowed on pedestrianised streets.

Consultation with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs)

Whenever the Delhi government notifies the following types of streets, it will be bound to consult the RWAs before notification in ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’ and ‘G’ colony categories.

  1. Streets having a minimum 18 metres ROW in regular residential plotted development.
  2. Streets having a minimum 9 metres ROW in rehabilitation colonies.
  3. Any road in regularised-unauthorised colonies, resettlement colonies, the Walled City, Special Area and urban villages.

Photo by Aquib Akhtar, Unsplash.


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