Floor area ratio hiked around rapid transit systems
Urban Development Ministry on Tuesday almost doubled the floor area ratio for constructions around mass rapid transit systems like the Metro, albeit with some riders, to address the issues of traffic congestion and shortage of housing in Delhi.
The move which will allow more vertical constructions comes under the Transit Oriented Development Policy (TOD) for Delhi approved by the ministry. It allows mixed land use and sustainable inhabitation with minimised travel time for citizens and easy availability of public transport. A significantly higher Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 400 per cent from earlier up to 250 per cent will now allow more floors in a building that is required to address shortage of land availability, according to a senior official. FAR is the ratio of a building’s total floor area as compared to the size of the land upon which it is built. TOD policy shall be adopted for development within the Influence Zone — extending up to 500 metres on both sides of MRTS corridors — so that maximum number of people can live, work and find means of recreation within walking or cycling distance of the MRTS corridors or stations.