Master Plan changes allow studio, service apartments

Proposals for allowing studio and service apartments to come up in Delhi are being introduced in the Master Plan-2021 under the review process. Until now, there was no provision for allowing such apartments in the city, said the DDA which has invited public suggestions and objections to modifications such as these.

Studio apartments are being defined as premises in which residential accommodation in the form of multi-purpose rooms will be provided to individuals and families.

"Activities permitted on such premises are a caretaker's office, retail shops, dining and supporting facilities. This will be restricted up to 10% of the floor area. The minimum size of plot will be 2,000 sqm with maximum ground coverage of 33.3% and floor area ratio of 200. The maximum size of the apartment will be 60 sqm of the built-up area,'' said a DDA official.

Such apartments are smaller in size and are aimed to cater to young couples looking for housing. "This will also help in bridging the housing gap in the city,'' the official said. These apartments are supposed to come up along transit-oriented development projects proposed along Metro corridors.

The basic principle of a transit-oriented development corridor is mixed land use, which means that there will be a mix of residential and commercial development and high density development, leading to multi-storey construction.

Long-term and short-term accommodation have also been proposed for inclusion in the Master Plan. "To cater to long-term accommodation requirement, service apartments are proposed. To cater to low tariff short-term accommodation, a hierarchy of guesthouse, lodging and boarding house/ dharamshala/hostel has been proposed,'' the public notice states.

According to officials, these accommodation are to be provided or permitted while modifying existing or preparing schemes for commercial, industrial, public/semi-public and transportation use zones.

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