To strengthen the transit-oriented development alongside the metro corridor, the Ghaziabad Development Authority has proposed to develop mixed-land projects alongside the Dilshad Garden-Ghaziabad Bus stand metro corridor. The authority has already sent its proposal to the UP Government to give them the required permission. However, the development will take place on plots less than 4,000 sqm.
Currently, mixed land use is applicable on plots with size at least 40,000 sqm and that falls within the 500 meters of metro line, also known as ‘metro influence zone’. Also, for the development, the land must be purchased from the authority.
At present, the work on 9.4km Dilshad Garden- Ghaziabad, New Bus Stand metro corridor is one full mode. The project started in 2014 and is expected to complete in another two months. In 2015, the state government permitted to use ‘metro influence zone’ for mixed-land development.
Giving information on the same, GDA chief architect and town planner Ishtiyaq Ahmed said, “In 2014, the geographical boundaries of the metro influence zone had been fixed. The radius of 500 meters has been adjusted in some areas in order to include nearest landmarks such as railway stations, bridges and so on. The concept of mixed land use was introduced to enable transit-oriented development along the metro corridor,”
A mix-land development offers a plethora of services under one roof. It may be used for commercial, residential, retail or industrial purposes. Such development helps in the restricted use of private vehicles on roads as everything is located close to metro corridor.
GDA Vice-chairman Kanchan Verma said, “We are pursuing the state government to allow mixed-land use on small land parcels by bringing down the minimum plot size from 40,000 to 4,000 sqm. Around 20-25 buildings have been convinced on this model. Re-construction can also be allowed in existing buildings.”