Chief Minister Sheila Dixit is still in oppose Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath push for the vertical growth in the city, says, i will not allowed construction of high-rise buildings. She has been arguing the vertical expansion arguing that it will put additional stress on the existing resources and infrastructure in the city besides severely impacting the ecology. In an organization she said, ‘’ I agree that Delhi needs development in terms of realty industry but as long as I am alive I wont ever allow high rise permits.
The Urban Development Ministry is currently in the process of reviewing the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 and is expected to finalize a number of amendments soon like allowing high-rises and increasing the existing floor area ratio (FAR). FAR is the ratio of the total floor area of a building to the plot area.
Earlier this month, Delhi’s Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had supported Nath’s push for vertical expansion but demanded adequate central funds for enhancing existing infrastructure if such a policy is finalized. “We absolutely have no problem with vertical expansion of Delhi. But when approval is given to high-rises, then we will have to strengthen existing infrastructure like sewage network, water distribution system and power transmission. The Centre will have to provide Delhi government funds for enhancing the infrastructure,” Lovely had said.
Underlining the need for protecting the eco-system in Delhi, Dikshit exhorted people to plant saplings to extend the green cover further. “We started the plantation drive when we came to power in 1999. We saw the Rajasthan desert coming towards Delhi. If we had not carried out the plantation drive, probably the sands in Rajasthan deserts would have come here,” she said.