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Govt. proposes to reduce New Delhi's Lutyens Bungalow Zone by 5.13 sq km

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New Delhi, August 28, 2015

The Ministry of Urban Development is proposing to demarcate the Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) in the national capital, based on representations form various organisations and individuals.
The proposals for fresh demarcation of LBZ are being placed on the website of the Ministry and the government has sought suggestions and objections to them, an official press release said here today.
The report submitted by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) in this regard has been uploaded today on the Ministry’s website (http://moud.gov.in) inviting comments/views/suggestions to be sent to Secretary, DUAC by post or mail (lbzguidelines@gmail.com) by October 15, 2015.
This is the first time public views are proposed to be taken into consideration before demarcating LBZ which was not done when the first demarcation was done in 1988 and the second in 2003.
As per the report submitted by DUAC at the behest of the Ministry of Urban Development, the LBZ area is proposed to be reduced by 5.13 sq.kms to 23.60 sq.kms from the present 28.73 sq.kms. 
The LBZ area of 25.88 sq.km demarcated for the first time in 1988 increased to 28.73 sq.kms in 2003 with the inclusion of new areas such as Babar Road, Bengali Market, Sundar Nagar, Jor Bagh, Panchsheel Marg and parts of diplomatic area in Chanakyapuri.
DUAC has proposed to keep the LBZ boundary close to the original boundary envisaged by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1912 while removing the transformed/commercialized areas/modern colonies which do not bear any semblance to the Lutyens Bungalow character and retaining green areas which were included in LBZ in 1988.  
In its report submitted to the Ministry on August 12, DUAC has now proposed to exclude areas such as Jor Bagh, Golf Links, Sunder Nagar, Bengali Market, Ashoka Road, Mandir Marg, Panchsheel Marg, Sardar Patel Marg and Chanakyapuri from the LBZ area.
The premises of Supreme Court of India, which were deleted from LBZ in 2003, are now  proposed to be included in LBZ.
In the proposed development control norms for residential bungalows, FAR of 20 with 12.50% ground coverage is suggested while in the present guidelines FAR is not specified. Basement has been proposed to be allowed within the building line, only for household storage and car parking. 
Building height is to be restricted to 12 m and the number of dwelling units to range from 1 to 4 depending upon the size of the plot. Setback norms will depend on the plot size, the release said.
For development or redevelopment of plots/premises for non-residential purposes, it is proposed to apply the norms of Master Plan for Delhi-2021 and Delhi Building Bye-laws, 1983.  However, overall building height shall not be more than 32 m with up to 3-level basement for parking which will not be included in FAR. A total of 7 floors including ground floor is proposed to be allowed.
Representations received in the Ministry of Urban Development largely related to: Allowing construction of additional floor/dwelling unit within permissible height, Allowing basement in the existing residential plots, Excluding post-Independence residential plotted development colonies like Bengali Market, Babar Road, Golf Links etc. , and Applying development control norms of MPD-2001/2021.
The report of DUAC will be examined after receipt of comments, views, suggestions and objections from the public, the release added.
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