The thumbs down to DUAC’s proposal comes in the wake of residents fearing that it will lead to infrastructure mess and spoil the character of these upscale colonies.
Golf links has 212 large plots. Sources said that building bylaws existing in the rest of the city will become applicable in these upscale areas too after they are delisted from Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone. Then residents can construct up to four floors, including ground and stilt. However, residents said this will lead to chaos and burden the existing infrastructure as builders will invest in these areas.
In October, the RWA had sought the opinion of residents whether the area should be delisted from Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone or not. While 118 owners voted against the DUAC proposal, 38 were open to the idea of development norms of Master Plan of Delhi-2021 being implemented in the colony. Babar Road was one such colony which wanted to be delisted from Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone.
“We have written to DUAC asking them not to delist the area from LBZ as many fear that it will lose its basic character,” said Rear Admiral (Retd) Vijay Malhotra, president of Golf Links Association.
However, residents also want the government to amend the LBZ norms so that they can construct a second floor. Under the present norms, apart from the ground and first floors only a small structure on the terrace, called a barsati, can be constructed.
“At present, two houses with same plot size will get different FARs at the time of reconstruction as it will be based on the original FAR. Initially, people constructed houses based on their requirements, but that FAR can’t be forced on us now. There is a need to have a uniform rule,” said Jitender Kapoor, a resident of Golf Links and president of Federation of Association of Babar Road, Diplomatic Enclave, Golf Links and Jor Bagh.
“All that we are asking for is permission to construct a complete second floor. We don’t want the height to go beyond the present limit,” Kapoor added.