The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has proposed a new provision in the Master Plan 2021 for introduction of studio apartments and service apartments. According to the proposal studio apartments will be allowed to come up in residential zones while service apartments will be restricted to commercial centres. The fashion of studio and service apartments is mushrooming a lot now in NCR regions, but the capital has no such provision. Economical housing has been a trend in several countries and demand for it is increasingly being felt.
DDA says that there will be a new provision for studio apartments incorporated in the chapter of shelter which will allow for a premises serving as a residential accommodation for an individual in the form of multi-purpose rooms. A caretaker’s office, retail shops, dining and other facilities will also be allowed depending on the requirement up to 10% of the floor area. But, the provision comes with a number of checks within the residential premises: a minimum plot size of 2,000 sq m, maximum ground coverage of 33.3%, floor area ratio (FAR) 200 and two ECS (equivalent car space) per 100 sq m built-up area. The DDA official said, “The maximum size of the apartment should be 60 sq m of built-up area and plots should face road with a minimum width of 12m. A basement being used for parking, utilities and services will not be included in the FAR, Service apartments are meant to serve as long-term accommodation. For low-cost short-term accommodation, a hierarchy of guesthouse, lodging and boarding house/dharamshala/hostel has been proposed. These will be permitted while modifying existing and/or preparing schemes for commercial, industrial, public/semi-public and transport-use zones,” n commercial centers, an FAR of 150-225 will be allowed for service apartments. The idea is to introduce small, affordable homes on the lines of those in the NCR. A notice inviting feedback from the public within 45 days has been issued, and it will be processed further during the mid-term review,” “DDA has listed 34 more proposed amendments for the Master Plan review, which cater mainly to the enhanced services for disabled people. According to the latest figures, 25 modifications have been forwarded to the ministry of urban development for final notification and about 64 are being processed further.
Experts says the demand for service/ studio apartments is increasing by the day especially with an influx of working professionals who stay in the city for several months and needs affordable houses. A new chapter on transit-oriented development is being added to the MPD 2021 and the chapter on environment is being redrafted. A policy on regularization of godowns in non-conforming areas is being discussed for possible modifications.