The architects' body cites the provision of the Master Plan to oppose the change of land use for the renovation of Central Vista

NEW DELHI: A national body of architects has opposed the DDA's proposal to change land use (CLU) of 80.5 acres for Central Vista, which includes the concentration of more government offices in the area, claiming that such a movement violates the provisions of the Delhi Master Plan. He also said that there were no details about the compensatory allocation of land for recreational/public and semi-public use, which would be lost.

Citing the Master Plan provision, the northern chapter of Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) claimed the policy document said no new central government office should be located in Delhi. It quoted the Master Plan, which says, “As per NCR Plan, no new central government and public sector undertaking offices should be located in NCTD. However, the issue of shifting existing government /PSU offices from Delhi as well as restricting the setting up of new offices would only be possible after a time-bound action plan is prepared together with suitable incentives and disincentives.”

In its letter to the DDA, which is responsible for the CLUs, the IIA asked the authority to make the details public before continuing. He said the changes appear to be in conflict with the Delhi-2021 Master Plan. He also looked for details of any study carried out to assess the impact of additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic generated by the CLUs.

The DDA's CLU proposal indicates that the prime minister's new residence is likely to appear on a 15-acre plot located north of Dalhousie Road near . TOI on Thursday had first reported how the government may continue earmarking 7, , the current resident of the PM, as PM’s House in addition to the proposed one considering security reasons.

Earlier, urban affairs ministry officials had said transport and traffic movement plan in this zone were being worked out. They had said the government may consider staggering office timings and even increase the frequency of Metro trains besides creating more public space after completion of the project.