Hotels in the Capital will now be allowed to build service apartments in the properties. The Ministry of Urban Development has approved a proposal for this as part of a review of the Master Plan of Delhi-2021, an official statement said.
Delhi Development Authority made the proposal after detailed deliberations further to inviting suggestions and objections in this regard. According to the change approved in the Development Controls for Commercial Centres pertaining to hotels, a maximum of 40 per cent of floor area ratio (FAR) can be used for commercial offices, retail and service shops and residential purposes. However, residential units would be permissible up to a maximum of 20 per cent of this FAR.
For example, for a plot of 10,000 sq. m, the area permissible for commercial and residential purposes would be 4,000 sq. m. Of this, the area allowed for residential purposes would be 800 sq.m. (20 per cent of 4,000 sq. m.). Transfer of ownership of such residential units built in hotels would be permissible only if the hotel land is freehold, the statement added. If the land is leasehold, transfer of ownership would be allowed only after DDA frames rules for the purpose.
Earlier, FAR of 20 per cent was allowed for commercial purposes, which now stands increased to 40 per cent with the inclusion of residential use.