Friday, September 03, 2021

Delhi: Aviation body wants building height reduced, DDA tells homeowners in Vasant Kunj

New Delhi: Residents staying in DDA flats in D-6, Vasant Kunj are a worried lot since they could lose their structures on the terraces and a number of amenities, after the Delhi Development Authority sent them an order issued by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on August 26, stating that some structures cross the permitted height and need to be removed.

The DGCA order asks DDA to reduce the height of 15 buildings and structures in Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada and Saraswati apartments in Vasant Kunj, as they are over the permissible height and serve as obstacles near IGI Airport.

The residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) of the four apartments said that the DDA had taken the decision without consulting residents and owners. Professor Abhai Maurya, president of Yamuna apartments RWA, said he was among those who invested his life savings into the apartment because it offered certain amenities. Foremost among concerns was that their water tanks and fire tanks are located a few metres above permitted height. They said there will be a number of problems while relocating the tanks and this may lead to disrupted supply.

They said that the lift machine rooms are located on the top floor, without which lifts will not be able to function.

NS Mor, president of the RWA Ganga apartments, said, “The flats were built by the DDA before the Commonwealth Games for players, after which they were sold. So mistake was committed by them before selling them. Why should residents have to bear the brunt? In addition to this, owners of the flats were not consulted before the DDA agreed to the DGCA.”

03/09/21 Ashna Butani/Indian Express

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