DDA has sought changes in Delhi Master Plan 2021: Housing minister

[] The Delhi Development Authority has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court, seeking an amendment to the Delhi Master Plan 2021, union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, adding that the proposed amendments would have minimal effect on the environment

Union Housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), on March 12, 2018, submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking an amendment to the Delhi Master Plan 2021, to address the problem of sealing drive in the national capital. Puri also rejected demands for bringing in an ordinance to stop the sealing drive, asking how an ordinance could be brought while a parliament session was underway.

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He said the Master Plan was a legal document, which provided the opportunity and the possibility for an amendment and the DDA had the right to carry out its statutory function and amend the Master Plan. “The DDA’s proposed modification in the Master Plan, was in exercise of its statutory duty and by following due and prescribed procedure of law,” he said while addressing a conference. As part of the affidavit, he said the DDA had prepared its response to nine issues raised by the amicus curiae that included those related to environment, congestion, traffic, safety measures, civic amenities and parking. He said the DDA had submitted that the modification in the Master Plan would have only minimal effect over the environment and other existing facilities.

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LG Anil Baijal, who was also present on the occasion, said at present, the sealing drive was being undertaken only in respect to those commercial establishments, which have come up in stilts mandatorily required for parking spaces, areas where unauthorised construction had taken place and areas where government-owned and reserved forest land had been encroached upon.

Meanwhile, Puri also criticised the incidents of violence taking place against the backdrop of the sealing drive and said the proposed amendments in the Master Plan were in favour of traders. He also held the previous governments in Delhi and at the centre responsible, for not taking steps against the violations of the Master Plan, which, he said, had resulted in the present problem.

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