Transit Oriented Development PolicyEarlier this week, DDA i.e. the Delhi Development authority sanctioned its transit-oriented development (TOD) policy that will emphasize on development around the transit corridor. This decision was taken in the meeting that took place at Raj Niwas and was presided over by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the Chairman of the DDA.

TODP comprise of a variety of high-density, mixed-use, mixed-income buildings, within a short distance of a rapid public transport network to encourage the citizens for commutation through the public transport system.

DDA sanctioned the TOD policy that mainly focuses on development around or along a transit node or corridor while facilitating complete ease of access to that transit facility, by asking people to walk, cycle and use public transportation over personal modes of transport, the DDA said in a statement.

The proposal will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) for its approval and notification.

TODP has advantages like compact mixed-use, mixed-income developments where residential, commercial, civic or institutional establishments are located close to each other and allow local communities to be formed, with vibrant round-the-clock active spaces (like plazas, shared parks and open spaces, and other facilities) for leisure and recreation.

Through increased Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and density, TOD norms may provide a variety of housing types for a range of income brackets and demographic types in the city, the DDA said. To implement all this in the TOD integrated schemes, a minimum component of 30 percent of overall FAR shall be mandatory for Residential use. EWS FAR of 15 percent over and above the proposed FAR will be applicable, the urban body said.

The authority also said that TOD policy would open up development opportunity to the private sector to bring in investment into the city building, its growth and revenue, and also help cross-subsidize social amenities, affordable housing and public transport, using a variety of possible financial development models.

The Delhi Development Authority also decided to sanction the change of land use from 36.6 hectares in district centre Narela from commercial to public and semi-public (PSP), officials informed.

Out of 36.6 hectares, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women (IGDTUW) will be allotted 20 hectares of land and the remaining land is proposed for colleges or institutions, the authority said.