Supreme Court ready to make amendments in the Delhi Master Plan 2021

May 16, 2018

The Apex Court while observing the Centre’s role in the development of Delhi asked the government that “The pollution is at all time high and there’s dump everywhere with no drinking water. Where is Delhi headed?”
The Court raised this question following staying further progress in updating the Delhi Master Plan, 2021 while asking the government to give a time-period of 15 days for inviting objections to the desired changes.

The Court asked the Centre to take the objections in consideration to the desired amendments to the master plan and take a final call after considering all the aspects.

The Attorney General showcased the action plan before the Court and assured strict action against public servants involved in unauthorized constructions.

The Court later enquired whether malls in Delhi have taken any prior environmental clearances before initiating the construction. "If they don’t have the clearance, they will have to go and won’t be regularized," Additional Solicitor General informed the Court.

Attorney General requested amendment of the March 6 Court order staying further progress in the amendment proposed in Master Plan of Delhi and said it has created a "lot of problem" and the court should rectify the order so that amendments could be carried out.

The proposed amendments aim to bring a Uniform Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residential plots and complexes on par with residential plots. FAR is the ratio of a building's total floor area (gross floor area) to the size of the land where its constructed.

The Apex Court on March 6 had put a stay on any "further progress" in amending the Delhi Master Plan, 2021 to protect unauthorized construction from the ongoing sealing drive in Delhi, strictly observing that this bullying must stop.


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