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Higher circle rates will curb black money
June 07, 2013
The proposal by the registry department to increase circle rates by up to 35 per cent in Noida and Greater Noida has brought back the debate about black money in real estate.
Higher circle rates will translate into lesser black money in the market and therefore greater level of transparency, say real estate experts.
According to the proposal, a hike of 17-20% has been proposed for the residential sector, while institutional and commercial sectors will witness an increase between 27% and 35%. The announcement came with a few days of authorities hiking property allotment rates by up to 30% in the areas.
“The revision in circle rates is a welcome step. Prices at which properties are registered remain very low compared to market price, leaving a gap for black money to enter into the market. Higher stamp duty and registration cost will drive in higher component of white money, thereby bringing transparency in the market,” said Rohan Sharma, Senior Manager-Research & REIS, Jones Lang LaSalle.
He also explained that in an ideal market circle rate should be very close to market price but that never really happens. “In the last couple of years, Noida has witnessed annual revision of circle rates and that is a healthy step for bringing greater level of accountability in the market,” he said.
Circle rate is the minimum rate at which land is registered and it is calculated based on the last 50-odd transaction in a particular area.
Commenting on the impact of this move on the market, Ramesh Menon, Director, Certes Realty, said that it won’t have much impact on the primary market, while secondary market might slowdown initially. “For example, if an investor wants to pay most of the cost in cash, higher circle rate won’t allow that. In the short run, such investors will postpone their plans to buy property but gradually market will adjust to newer norms. And, for the end user, the impact will be negligible,” he said.
On the flip side, end users can take higher loans from banks and institutions as these institutions disburse loans on the basis of sales deed, which take into account circle rates. “Higher circle rates is also an indication that properties are in demand in that area and the government wants to cash in on that by collecting more tax,” said Anil Rawal, a property consultant actively involved in NCR real estate market.
He also said that trading will definitely not get affected even if the proposal gets cleared. “But it will definitely bring in more transparency in the market. People with black money will have to look for other avenues to park their money in the short term. The closer the circle rate gets to market price, the better it is for the real estate industry,” he said.
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Buying a farmhouse in Delhi just got easier
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 5th August 2012
Making the ultimate lifestyle statement by owning a farmhouse in the Capital has just got easier. With the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) finally coming out with a farmhouse policy and planning to regularise more than 2,400 existing farmhouses, buying such a plush property is going to get more transparent. “There are a lot of rich people Delhi who want to live in a luxurious farmhouse surrounded with greenery and also with space for swimming pools and tennis courts,” said Vineet Singh, business head of real estate portal 99acres.com. “The farmhouse policy would spur the market and hopefully clean up transactions and clear ownership in this sector,” he said.
According to experts, prices of farmhouses in south Delhi vary between R5-7 crore per acre and prices might go up to R10 crore per acre once these existing farmhouses are regularised.
“This is a welcome move by the DDA. With more floor area ratio allowed, bigger houses can be built and prices would rise drastically,” said Rohit Gupta, director, Tivoli Hotel. “These areas would now become more popular than even bungalows in central and south Delhi.”
Singh expects that entrepreneurs would be interested in moving in to farmhouses from penthouses, thanks to the lifestyle the former promises.
Experts, however, also caution that buyers should not jump into buying an existing farmhouse. “There is a market for about 17,000 dwelling units in this sector but the market would shrink if prices go up rapidly,” said Ajay Dabas, founder of delhifarms.com, an online branch of Certes Realty Ltd.
He said instead of investing in matured markets, buyers can go for ‘country homes’ allowed in green belt areas in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021.
He said that investors could look for areas that are evolving to buy a plot at one fourth the rate and build a farmhouse later on. “Unlike farmhouses in south Delhi, where groundwater levels have gone down to 500 metres, those in north west and south west Delhi have groundwater available at 40-80 metres. Also, peripheral roads are proposed in these areas promising good connectivity in the future,” he said.
Coverage of HT Conclave in U.P., Certes Realty Ltd. Director Mr. Ramesh Menon participated
Harness land banks, exploit agri potential: Menon
Team HT, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, May 27, 2012
“With the current rate of urbanisation, around 64 % of our citizens will be living in cties. To stop more people from migrating to cities, urban facilities should be taken to rural areas,” said Certes Realty director Ramesh Menon, speaking during the ‘session. Menon advocated careful
use of the land bank since it is a limited resource. He said the government must avoid acquiring fertile land from farmers unless benefits are really high. “Land acquisition requires active government participation. Without it, the private sector cannot move. But if Shanghai and Osaka can expand and set examples before the world, why can’t we do it?” asked Menon.
UP has an area of 241,000 sq kilometers with a 19.5-crore population and requires a huge infrastructural push. Menon said there are opportunities in every sector, but especially in agriculture as it accounts for about 70% of the state’s economy. He said, “Big warehouses must be constructed to save produce.
Besides, food-processing units and juice units could be constructed. There is a lot of scope for research and a lot of talent in this sector.” Menon pointed out that 63% of fruits and vegetables currently perish during transportation in India, whereas in New Zealand the transit decay has been limited to 0.3%.
He suggested UP, which surrounds Delhi on three sides, can take advantage of the ‘saturation’ of the land bank there and develop a supply chain for the city.
“Existing cities must be reinvented, instead of developing new ones. Industries must be given some advantages so they bring more investment to the state,” Menon concluded.
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Circle rates hiked by as much as 15%
GURGAON: In a move to bring down the gap between the “white” and “black” money paid while purchasing a property, the Gurgaon administration has enhanced the collector rates (or circle rates) for registration of property by up to 15%, effective from this financial year.
Collector rates are the minimum floor rate one needs to pay in order to register a property. In order to bring some parity in the upmarket residential and commercial areas with the district administration has decided to bring in a balance in the hikes by increasing marginally in areas where the circle rates are already high and increasing up to 15% in areas where there is scope. Read More… 
Does higher Delhi mean cheaper flats in NCR?
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 20th December 2011
The reason why real estate in Gurgaon and Noida is flourishing today is because land is scarce and hence expensive in Delhi. But with the Master Plan proposing vertical growth of the Capital resulting in a leap in housing, will prices of Delhi’s tony neighbours be affected? Most experts believe so.
The Master Plan intends to unlock large tracts of land pockets in Delhi, mostly in peripheral and untapped areas such as Narela, Najafgarh, Kanjhawla, Bawana and extensions of Rohini and Dwarka. Super tall structures are expected to come up in most of these areas with private partnerships, which would supply 14 lakh new housing units.
“Gurgaon and Noida are thriving today because no new housing was being developed in Delhi for many years. When new housing units in Delhi are made available, prices in the suburbs would be affected,” said AK Jain, former Commissioner (Planning), DDA. “In fact, most investors in Gurgaon and Noida are from Delhi,” he said.
The DDA has failed to provide affordable housing in sufficient number since its inception more than 50 years ago. The demand for housing was evident when more than 12 lakh people applied for the 16,000 flats offered by DDA in its housing scheme last year.
“It is a misnomer that Delhi has no land supply,” said Ramesh Menon, director of Certes Realty Limited, a real estate consultancy firm. “Land is being released for urbanisation in Delhi and Zone L (near Dwarka) and Zone N (near Rohini), are the key areas. “Of the 70,000 hectares of land being available, at least 25,000 hectares are meant for residential townships,” he said.
“While Gurgaon and Noida have to create demand, Delhi is sitting on captive demand,” Menon said.
There are others, however, who believe that even with an increase in housing supply in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida wouldn’t be affected. “Gurgaon and Noida see a different kind of demand and cater to a different demographic. They have enough latent demand, which would not be impacted by additional supply of housing,” said Vineet K Singh, Business head, 99acres.com.
Master Plan effect: High- rises along Metro corridor
Source: Hindustan times
Dated: 22nd Dec. 2011
The Metro has resulted in a spike in real estate prices wherever it has reached. Over the next few years, it will also be associated with high-rises and dense development of existing plotted colonies. According to Master Plan of Delhi 2021, up to 500 metres along a Metro line will be
designated as ‘influence zone’. Such areas will be allowed an additional floor area ratio (FAR) and height of 50%, depending on the area and the zone where the property is located.
Former commissioner (planning), DDA, AK Jain said existing areas along Metro corridors can be redeveloped and high-rises built, but with riders. “For a high-rise to be built, services would have to be augmented in an area of four hectares around the structure,” he said.
“There has to be sufficient road network, open space, green area and parking provision near the building before permission can be sought for redevelopment,” he said. “Permission from the Delhi Urban Arts Commission and the Delhi Fire Service will also be required.”
“The Master Plan allows buildings to be only 15 metres high. If someone wants to build a high-rise, the ground coverage of the building has to be less,” said Jain. “Increased FAR can also mean that instead of going vertical, the building can cover more ground area and build more rooms per floor.”
Ramesh Menon, director of real estate consultancy firm Certes Realty Limited, however, believes that instead of the existing routes, skyscrapers are more likely to come up along upcoming Metro lines.
“The Master Plan talks about redevelopment along the Metro corridor but the redevelopment would be zone-specific,” he said. “Land needs to be aggregated before high-rises can come up and this might not be possible in areas that are already developed,” he added.
Will `country’ homes get popular after the circle rate hike?
Source: HT Estates
Dated: 5th Nov. 2011
With the Delhi Government increasing the circle rates from 15% to 250% to check black money deals, the focus may now black money deals, the focus may now shift to acquiring plots to build country homes in the green belt land to be released in zones N and L under the new Master Plan (MPD) 2021.
Under the country homes policy, currently under consideration by the government, there is a proposal to allow almost 7000 sq ft of construction per acre of land. The last peripheral village of Delhi is earmarked as the green belt wherein farmhouses and country homes will be permitted.
Approximately 11000 hectares of land in Delhi are part of the green belt. This would be much lower than the price of builder floors in Category-A areas and would shift the market towards legitimate construction of farmhouses and country homes.
Currently, prices in areas such as Defence Colony, Greater Kailash, cost anything between R8 crore to R10 crore per dwelling unit of size 2000 sq ft. A 2.5 acre farmhouse in the Chattarpur area could cost more than R30 crore.
“In the new zones N and L under MPD 2021, a farmhouse of 2.5 acres, constructed as per the new norms, will cost almost one fourth the price in these areas,“ says Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty.
Noida unlikely to affect city real estate, but keep your eyes peeled
The recent Supreme Court ruling protecting the interests of farmers in Noida Extension has come as an eye-opener to all the parties concerned — the state, the developers and end users. Read Article
NPR stretch will enhance competition among realtors– Article published in TOI
Some inputs by Certes Realty Ltd. Read Article
MPD 2021– A CONFUSED APPROACH. IS 2011 GOING TO BE DIFFERENT?
Sometime in 2008, the Chairman of probably India’s largest Real estate company, while speaking at an Industry seminar remarked in his trademark humility- “Yes, I am large, but, India has the scope, need & space for a 100 more organizations of my scale & ability. To my wisdom, a few of them would arise from the Delhi opportunity”. Read Article
GREEN BELT LAND IN DELHI MASTERPLAN 2021 – MYTHS & OPPORTUNITIES
Delhi is amongst the greenest cities in the country, if not the most, amongst the metros. Under the Masterplan of 2001, almost 8722 Ha of land, OR, close to 19% of the land area is covered under Green/Recreational use. Read Article
Ground Realty of Sohna Road– Article published in TOI
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Changing Circle Rates– Article published in Hindustan Times
Some inputs by Certes Realty Ltd. Read Article
The Precious CWG Gift– Article published in Hindustan Times
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Path to Progress- Article published in Hindustan Times
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Buying a Farmhouse- Article published in Hindustan Times
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High rise Addresses in Delhi- Article published in Hindustan Times
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Hidden Potential– Article in Hindustan Times
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More land for Delhi
Source: Hindustan Times Estate
Dated: 26th June 10
Sabina Saluja moved from South Delhi to Gurgaon in the late ’90s. Thanks to the Master Plan 2021 that envisages creation of five new sub- cities within Delhi, bigger than Dwarka and Rohini, her 15-year-old son can think of moving back to the Capital ten years from now. With almost 60,000 hectares to be unlocked for development/ redevelopment under the new Master Plan, reverse exodus could be a reality in the not-so-distant future.
The Gurgaon-Noida story was based on the premise of lack of availability of land in Delhi. It was the absolute dearth of land in Delhi that forced people to look for options in the periphery. The new Master Plan is likely to change all that. What one knows the NCR (National Capital Region) could soon be redefined as the NCT (National Capital Territory).
If the eight-lakh applications for 4500 DDA flats in 2008 are anything to go by, the interest likely to be generated in dwellings that may come up in these new zones of opportunity could be anybody’s guess.
For the uninitiated, the National Capital Territory of Delhi is divided into 15 zones as per the new Master Plan. Out of these A to H, P,M and K1 are in urban Delhi and J, K2, L, N and P2 fall in what is known as urban extension. Also, with the population expected to rise to 230 lakh by the end of this decade and the pro- jected housing demand pegged at more than two mil- lion homes, which means two lakh dwelling units a year (a requirement that govern- ment authorities may not be able to fulfill), the new Plan seeks to focus on public-pri- vate partnerships and has a provision that provides for entry of private developers in the acquisition and develop- ment of `new’ Delhi land.
“We require 15 lakh dwelling units by 2020. The government does not have the capacity or the where- withal to accomplish this task. Hence, the need for the private sector to step in,“ points out A K Jain, former Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Planning Commissioner.
Interestingly, several leading private developers have already begun acquiring land in some of these new zones. Private equity funds are also eyeing these new opportunities being made available in Delhi. “Delhi is where the end- user demand lies. Once the government agencies are free of the responsibilities from Commonwealth Games, the entire machinery would get focused on the implementation of the Delhi Master Plan 2021,“ says Ajay Dabas Director, Certes Realty, adding this city will attract much more investment that any other city in India, perhaps in the next 10- 15 years. If implemented well, this could turn out to be the biggest real estate opportunity of recent times.
However, the challenge here is how soon the government “facilitates the participation of the private sector through clearances and level-playing fields,“ he says. Real estate experts are of the view that the new residential opportunities that the new Master Plan is likely to lead to rationalisation of residential prices in the surrounding areas.
Delhi will throw up the largest supply of housing in the Rs 18 lakh and Rs 36 lakh price band due to the advantage associated with buying land cheap. Developers and investors who buy land now can afford to profitably pro- vide supply in this price band. Delhi will compete with areas such as Gurgaon and Noida. “The largest demand lies in the mid- and affordable housing segment.
This is because of favourable land pricing. The surrounding markets are cre- ating low-cost/affordable housing projects almost 60-80 kms away from the CBD areas of Delhi, with low infrastructure and transportation connect. The Delhi opportunity would bring back quality of life, affordability through the MPD vision of integrated sub cities,“ says Dabas.
If one were to analyse the current real estate market scenario, one will find that while Gurgaon’s residential prices have shot up and Noida prices are under check due to fresh supply in the market, the huge land supply in Delhi may see projects being launched at Rs 4,500 to Rs 5,500 per sq ft in some of these new zones due to tough competition, says Anckur Srivasttava, chairman, GenReal Property Advisers Private Limited.
Also, a 100 m urban expressway road that will originate at NH1 and cut through NH10, NH8 and go up to NH2, will be the lifeline of all these new zones. It would be what the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway is for the eastern suburbs.
A final word of caution though the cost of approvals and infrastructure develop- ment charges will determine the final price of the residen- tial units even though raw land is cheaper than Gurgaon, adds Amit Kaicker, head of Land and Industrial Agency for North India at internation- al consultants Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj.
TRUE CONVERGENCE @ DELHI – AIR, RAIL, ROAD, METRO
For long, I have been reading about convergence of the logistics of the various modes of transportation elsewhere in the world. I used to wonder how easy and convenient would it be to transact business there. Thankfully, I might not have to travel far (in the near future).
DELHI is showing the way. The New masterplan MPD 2021 would introduce the concept of “Confluence zones” into the city’s transport system. Over the past two years, we have anyways seen Delhi upgrading its transport system with the introduction of the BRTS, low floor buses, new Metro routes etc. The upcoming commonwealth games would add a few feather caps into Delhi’s future transport policy.
To understand the dynamics of this new concept, I sought out the help from Ramesh Menon of Certes Ltd, a MPD 2021 focussed consulting company. “The confluence zones would be a new concept hitherto to the established transport system in India” avers he. A separate zone would be earmarked for the consumers to use the various modes of transport – Bus, Train, Metro, Air and also cargo services. There would be ample parking facility for the users, with option to use either of the modes available through these hubs.
The ‘confluence zones’ are being planned in areas to connect the almost 20,000 hectares of land being released under the MPD 2021 for development. The first few shortlisted sites are likely to come in Dwarka, Najafgarh, New Delhi, ISBT etc.
During my research, I also understood that a similar plan exists to converge the national highways to the warehousing and railway hubs, with special emphasis on logistical efficiencies. It is my understanding that the model railway station projects announced by Ms. Mamata Banerjee, the Indian Railway minister in her budget speech is another progressive step in that direction.
The likely venues for such large initiative of linking NH, Railway, metro and the city would be Bijwasan, Mundka-Ghevra, Holambi kalan, Shahdra etc. These logistics hubs would be well networked with air n surface modes of transportation through the 100 meter & 89 meter ROW planned to connect the various zones of Delhi. I was pleasantly surprised to see work happening on all of them.
“As an extension of these confluence zones, the MPD also plans an extensive network of MRTS, monorail or Metro, high capacity buses, dedicated in-city rail corridors etc, which when implemented effectively, should be able to wean away 15-18% of the personal transport users towards these public modes of transportation” says Ramesh Menon. Each of these modes would have separate entry/exits terminal with particular ease to connect to the next mode.
Menon informed me that the Delhi MPD 2021 does in principle encourage “quality of life” and “walk to work” which in a way is encouraging almost 30-40% of the population to stay within a radius of 10 kms of their work place.
Fingers crossed in our journey of converting Delhi into India’s first true megapolis.
NHAI TO BE 100 Metres Wide soon
NH-8 is probably the most important road in north India, housing almost the largest chunk of business, commercial and residential development in the NCR is not without controversy. Most of it towards unfulfilled promises, and the widening gap between the supply & demand.
“The almost frustrating traffic jams owing to various bottlenecks are a big productivity deterrent. In Delhi, the ROW is only 60 metres, and in Gurgaon it varies between 45 to 76 metres” says Ruchika Bhardwaj, an analyst with www..Delhi-masterplan.com, a MPD 2021 focussed research & transaction group. Hope is not lost though.
The NHAI has confirmed that the plans are underway to widen the existing highway to a 100 meter ROW, thereby providing free access to the fast moving traffic through additional service lanes on both sides. The NHAI is likely to start the land acquisition process soon. The same would be in line with the provisions and recommendations of the DDA planners under Delhi Masterplan MPD 2021. It may be recalled that the service road towards the Mahipalpur side on the Delhi Jaipur NH8 was constructed by the concessionaire of the 37 Km stretch.
The Dwarka residents body, Dwarka Forum had recently petitioned the NHAI, who in turn had presented to the forum that the NHAI is in the planning process of acquiring additional lands alongside the NH8 for the expressway.
“It is to clarify that the DDA Master Plan of Delhi 2021, showing an ROW of 100 meters for NH-8, is in the draft stage. However, NHAI is likely to initiate action in consultation with the Delhi government to acquire land for a 100 metre ROW in Delhi. Presently, the ROW in Delhi for NH-8 is 60 metres. The incomplete service road between Kapashera and Palam, is due to non-handing over of land by AAI and Defence. That is being pursued at higher level. Service lanes have been provided wherever land is available,” K.V. Singh, deputy general manager, NHAI, wrote in his reply to Rejimon C.K., the president of Dwarka Forum.
Singh further said the balance service lanes would be completed after the land was handed over to NHAI.
Ruchika further assets-“In the absence of the service lanes, 2 wheelers were plying on the main carriageway leading to a potentially dangerous situation, which does mead to fatal accidents. In the event of jams, the 2 wheeler motorists too take unnecessary risks in plying on restricted carriageways”.
However, Certes Realty is cautiously optimistic. Per them, to acquire additional lands, especially when the prices are at the zenith would be a difficult proposition. Coercion, rather than convincing would be the key as not many would willingly concede land at the NHAI approved prices.
DELHI-THE NEXT IT & SOFT INDUSTRY CAPITAL?
“Persuasion, rather than punch” seems to be the mantra being proposed by the Delhi government for the “Industrial rejuvenation” of the city state.
In its intent to resort to cleaner ‘Knowledge based industry’, the government plans to reorient the businesses currently operating under the polluting and prohibited categories.
“The new industrial policy provides that the existing industrial units engaged in low-skilled activities graduate to high-tech and knowledge-based industries. However, the policy does not provide for closure of existing industries but the government will act as a facilitator for upgrading of technology” says Delhi’s Industries Commissioner Chetan Sanghi while unveiling the Industrial policy of Delhi. it may be recalled that Delhi has released a new industrial policy after two decades.
Ajay Dabas, the co-founder of Delhi-masterplan.com, a research group focussed on MPD 2021 mentions – “the training and re-orientation mechanism would be the critical factors for the success”. He avers that the successful migration of existing industries to the provisions under MPD 2021 would define the quality of migration into Delhi, from the surrounding states.
“If the industries in Delhi become more knowledge & skill oriented, we would have better skilled people migrating into Delhi” says Dabas.
About 98 defined industrial activities, including manufacturing of acids, animal and fish oils, cement, explosives, automobiles and cranes and other lifting equipment — fall under the prohibited category. Industries in these categories would have to relocate as per the provisions of the relocation programme of the government, 1996, although another amnesty or relocation policy is not envisaged under the new Industrial policy.
“Units in non-conforming areas had a fair chance to apply for alternate plots under the relocation scheme of 1996. But given the past experience, another relocation scheme is not envisaged in the policy,” said Sanghi. “The effort would be to ensure that all allottees construct the factory building and start manufacturing activities at the relocated site,” he added.
One would recall that the Delhi government has already announced the setting up of two SEZ projects under village Baprola, and the growth centre projects of Kanjhawala and Chhawla seem likely in the next stage.
Would Delhi actually connect?
There seems to be some buzz and serious intent being exemplified by the multitude of agencies under the Delhi administration. Irrespective of the various resistances, the Delhi plans, IF THEY GO AS UNDER PLAN, seems to take the Delhi “Megapolis” dreams forward.
After the announcement of the 2 SEZs in Baprola village of Delhi, comes the news of the Intent of the authorities to enact the similar development plans of the growth centres planned under Kanjhawla & chhawla. Kanjhawla in fact seems to be already off the block with the first phase of the Bus Terminus already completed, and the administration and mechanical blocks under construction.
It doesn’t take “3 Idiots” from the premier engineering institutes to figure out that while it’s easier to plan real estate on paper, it would be a gargantuan task to implement the allied services on the ground. Specially, when it comes to the touchy subject of linking the unauthorised & resettlement colonies, providing water, sewerage, electricity and roads towards them.
The announcement of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) about their intent to immediately roll out a Vision 2021 for the services under their domain, and aligning them to the Delhi master plan MPD 2021 is indeed a welcome sign. Officials said the Jal Board will now look at altering its plan to include vision 2021. It has already shortlisted eight consultant companies, out of 23 that submitted ‘expressions of interest’, they added.
“The eight companies have been issued ‘request for proposal’ and the bids would be announced on December 21. Work would then be awarded to the selected company for preparation of a sewerage master plan for Delhi,” said the DJB Additional CEO Santosh Vaidya. The DJB’s mandate has now tripled: extended to rural, unauthorised, and resettlement colonies of Delhi.
The new sewerage master plan would look into three basic areas of operation: New sewer lines into hitherto coverage areas like Outer Delhi specially the areas next to Rohini, Dwarka etc., alignment of existing network of trunk sewers and internal sewers with existing sewerage treatment plants, and a wastewater policy for the use of treated effluent.
“Besides providing sewerage solutions for the city, the selected company will also prepare a detailed wastewater policy for the use of effluent,” Vaidya said. The fact to ponder is the various agencies already announcing their plans. If they all roll out, especially, with the government talking about single window clearances for all such projects, Delhi surely would roll out the carpet for the real estate developers & investors
MCD approves proposals for implementing MPD
Voila. The MCD get serious about the “effective implementation of the Delhi master plan MPD 2021”. True to its earlier commitment “that periodic & regular meetings & reviews schedule would be adhered to, to ensure smooth implementation of the MPD 2021 recommendations”, the MCD did have their first meeting on the stated agenda this week.
Nancy Singh had reported this news on our forum on the 23rd of Nov’09.
The key MCD panel has approved several measures to ease the effective implementation of the MPD 2021, foremost being the use of various floors of the building for industrial activity.
“We approved several proposals and directed the departments and officials concerned to do the needful for their implementation,” chairman of the committee and ruling BJP councillor Ved Prakash Gupta said.
“Earlier, factories were being allowed to operate only from the ground floor while the MPD allows the same from other floors too. We have approved the use of various floors for industrial activity and asked the Engineering Department to sanction building plans accordingly,” he said.
This is effectively a recognition that it is better to regulate through effective legislation than control industrial activity through age-old laws.
RUB DELHI – 17 new pleasure points
For long, Delhi has been grappling with snarls and jams at the various railway crossings in the city. There are 17 Railway under bridges (RUB) at various stages of construction in Delhi today. Finally, the quandary of under OR over bridges seems to be solved.
While reviewing the traffic scenario, the Delhi Urban development & Finance minister Mr A K Walia directed all the agencies concerned to work in Tandem, and ensure that the work is completed at the earliest. The cost of the RUBs are being shared equally by the Northern Railway and MCD jointly, and is estimated to be approx. 480 crores.
These RUBs are already seeing the spread of excitement and economic activity in certain areas. Hindbir Dabas, a resident of Madanpur Dabas village near Rohini is excited with the commencement of excavation on the Mundka railway crossing. Per him, the NH-10 would be a 3-4 minute drive in future and it would promote the DSIDC and DMRC hubs to accelerate economic activity, and generate prosperity for the surrounding villages.
Vivek Vihar, Sarai Kale khan, Sewa Nagar Prem Nagar, Bijwasan crossing on Najafgarh road from Bijwasan, Nahari road @ Narela – Lampur road, Shakur Basti, Prem Nagar – Kirti Nagar, Samaypur Badli on Auchandi road on Delhi-Haryana Border, Near over bridge at Ashok Vihar, Rohtak Road Rampura, near Rohtak Road and Zakhira, Mundka, near Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Mangolpuri, Sultanpuri, Roshanara Garden near Shakti Nagar and Kishan Ganj. The RUB at Sultanpuri however, would take some more time.
Mr. Walia instructed the agencies to complete the work before the Commonwealth games 2010 so as to ease traffic woes to the citizens of Delhi. he also maintained that some delays occurred on account of land being acquired for these RUBs, but, the same would be soon sorted out.
Ruchika Bhardwaj, an analyst with Delhi-masterplan.com maintained that zone N of MPD 2021 would benefit the most through this initiative, and should see a spurt in the land acquisition activities towards the next quarter by developers. Most RUBs construction activity would be visible ground-up leading to a spurt in activity.
CLASSROOM TRAINING FOR MLAs, COUNCILLORS ON MPD 2021
The Wiseman sayeth – “all great ideas need to be communicated, debated, understood and fanatically adhered to, to differentiate it”.
The stakeholders of the Delhi master plan MPD 2021 seem to be taking a leaf out of the wise man’s tree.
A workshop was conducted for the elected representatives of Delhi, namely, the Councillors, MLAs and others to acquaint them of the Master plan 2021, the Delhi municipal corporation act (DMC act 1957) and the relevant building bye-laws. The event saw a very healthy turnout of more than 200 attendees, an indication of the interest into the proper implementation of the MPD 2021.
The organizers say that “the main purpose of the workshop was to acquaint the elected representatives with the various provisions of DMC Act, 1957, Building Bye Laws and Master Plan of Delhi-2021”. Other guests were too invited to address the gathering, notable amongst them being Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, MP & senior BJP leader, Mr. V K Malhotra, leader of the opposition in Delhi and Mr. Subhash Kashyap, former secretary General of Lok Sabha.
SPATIAL DATA INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT – DELHI LEADS THE WAY
Delhi has joined the select band of cities like New York, Washington, London, Paris and Tokyo that would record, collate and make available detailed information on the underground and over-ground utilities. This data, recorded in soft form would be available to the infrastructure stakeholders, planners and line departments while planning, executing and maintaining the infrastructure facilities.
Ms.Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi recently inaugurated the Delhi State Spatial Data Infrastructure Project (DSSDI), a 120 crore project.
“The underground utilities comprising water, sewer, telephones, power lines etc have been mapped for the first time using state-of –the- art technology. The availability of underground utilities in digital form would enable the concerned line departments to undertake preventive maintenance programmes as well as locate the fault in the underground utility with precision,” Ms Dikshit said.
Ruchika Bhardwaj, the lead analyst with the information portal www.delhi-masterplan.com infers that “the availability of the common database for all departments would not only assist in planning, but would also have an extremely positive effect on the speed, efficiency & productivity on execution”. She further added that the said tools can be “very well used during the stated intent of developing Delhi into a mega polis under the Delhi master plan MPD 2021”.
Ms. Dikshit maintains that the DSSDI project was a key component used during the preparations for the commonwealth games to be held in Delhi in 2021, and that it would be the forerunner for recognition for city level governance, to the rest of the country.
Mr. Rakesh Mehta, the chief secretary of Delhi affirmed that the ground utilities in Delhi were mapped AFRESH, using Ground probing radars. He mentioned that the decades old cadastral maps have been geo-referenced, digitised and that the LIS (land information system) has been operationalized.
Speaking on the occasion, the secretary, IT said that Delhi has taken the pioneering step towards mapping an entire city on a large scale (1:2000) and that tools like aerial photography were used to generate an accurate base map. The underground & over ground utilities were then overlayed and a city level 3-D model created.
Ms. Ruchika of delhi-masterplan.com emphasizes that “if property survey records too are digitised, it would bring a lot of harmony into the secondary sales of projects in Delhi, and that the future land transactions under MPD 2021 would be cleansed of the many hindrances today”.
She maintains that “past experiences reveal of an increase of confidence and the much needed capital inflow from institutions into the Delhi master plan through such mechanisms”.
MCD to constitutes committee for timely implementation of MPD-2021
Finally, someone has decided to “crack the whip, on oneself, for a cause”. However delayed it might be though.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has announced the formation of a 11 member committee which would monitor and accelerate the smooth implementation of all the recommendations under the Delhi master plan MPD 2021.
Thankfully, the committee is well represented administratively and politically, which raises a glimmer of hope for the “timely” implementation. The committee would be headed by Mr. Ved Prakash Arya, the deputy leader of the MCD house. The other members of the committee would include Subhash Arya ( leader of house ), R.K.Singhal)standing committee chairperson), Vijender Gupta ( former standing committee chairman), J.K. Sharma (leader of opposition) and some other councillors.
You would recall that the vision of the Delhi master plan, which was notified vide S.O 141 in 2007 is to create Delhi into a “global metropolis and world class city”. Readers would also agree that millions of dollars are being invested towards the same. The human capital required for such a gargantuan task is now being deployed. Or should I say, the ‘political will & capital’ is finally backing up the millions waiting to be invested.
Ajay Dabas, an expert on the Delhi master plan 2021 avers -“Delhi would be the fastest growing real estate opportunity for the 4 levels of investment already under deployment. Delhi would roll out infrastructure first, and then create real estate, a FIRST for city development in our country”.
Ved Prakash Gupta categorically mentions that committee has been set up to facilitate the effective implementation of the master plan’s recommendations.
“The committee can be contacted for any kind of problem in implementation. We will work to redress the problem by taking up the issue with officials concerned and will also bring it to the notice of Master Plan-2021 Committee,” he said.
MPD 2021 document is visionary in nature, and has already been awarded the ISOCARP award 2008, a global recognition. It aims to address the challenges of migration, up gradation of the quality of living, housing, quality world class infrastructure, conservation & environment and modern city life.
The committee members would soon have their meeting, and Mr. Gupta mentions that periodic & regular meetings & reviews schedule would be adhered to, to ensure smooth implementation of the MPD 2021 recommendations.