DDA approves extension of Lal Dora areas

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Tuesday approved inclusion of extended Lal Dora areas in the Master Plan-2021, under the review process. Extended Lal Dora areas comprise habitation beyond recognised abadi (village boundaries).

"According to the decision taken on Tuesday, extended Lal Dora areas, which came up till 2007, will be given residential status," non-official DDA member Naseeb Singh said.

The advisory group on review of Master Plan-2021 recommended use of the term 'extended Lal Dora' to include Lal Dora areas beyond abadi in the village boundaries.

Lal Dora refers to the part of village land that falls under abadi. The term applies to 362 rural and urban villages and includes areas like Basant Gaon, Munirka, Yusuf Sarai, Mehrauli, Lado Sarai, Shahpur Jat and Mahipalpur.

"Habitation has come up beyond Lal Dora areas, which will now be recognised under the law. The Delhi government will come up with new boundaries and invite suggestions and objections from the Ministry of Urban Development for this amendment," a DDA official said.

Other Master Plan amendments approved in the meeting, included provision of multi-gym in district and community parks with an area of over one hectare and subject to a maximum built-up area of 225 sqm. Norms for activities like multi-purpose community halls, religious sites, police stations, healthcare centres, milk booths, etc, in unauthorised or regularised colonies have been made flexible. In case a separate plot is not available for each activity, it may be possible to club activities and provide plots.

To reign in tent cartel, the DDA decided to erect semi pucca (temporary) structures with pipes and trusses and perspective allottees can use these by erecting shamiana or pandals for marriages and social functions.

"The DDA intends to construct nine such mandaps in various districts of Delhi. It has been decided that land may be earmarked for the purpose and a detailed policy framed after earmarking sites and working out modalities," a DDA official said.

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