NEW DELHI: In a pilot project being developed by Delhi Development Authority, a 30-hectare plot adjacent to the Karkardooma Metro station will house 4,900 flats, a shopping arcade, a hospital, service apartments and even a cultural centre.

Part of a transit-oriented design (TOD) - a concept mooted by the L-G himself - the project will be a high density multi-use high-rise specially designed for the influence zone along the Delhi Metro. The nod for the project has already been given by the L-G, said an official. "The L-G has asked that a consultant be engaged immediately for detailed formulation of the development plan for the project," the official added.

The Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure, Planning and Engineering Centre is at the helm of the project, which will be replicated in other Metro stations too.

"Besides a detailed architectural design, a traffic impact assessment study will also be undertaken as it will be a high density area with multiple traffic access points," said the official.

Plans for an additional linkage in the form of a four-lane road, part of the zonal plan, has already been accepted. The proposed extension of the BRT corridor from Karkari Mor to Connaught Place is expected to add to the traffic volume in the area. "Development control norms and regulation of the TOD area will also be finalized simultaneously for incorporation in the Master Plan, which will have a separate chapter on TOD," added the official.

The site selected for the pilot project is the space next to the existing Karkardooma Metro station, where another station will come up in Phase III. The high-rise will be a high density development with public open spaces, residential, civic and commercial zones, and a site area of 2,60,000 sq m. The total permissible built-up area is 5,20,000 sq m. The project will accommodate 22,000 people in the residential zone, which will have 4,900 flats. These will be in three categories of 40 sq m, 80 sq m, and 100 sq m. A slum/EWS section of 30 sq m will also be built in the zone. A shopping complex with a department store, office complex, hotels and service apartments, a hospital, a school and a cultural centre will also be part of the development, said sources.

"The approval for the project came in last week at the governing body meeting held by the L-G. Now, the work on the project will be taken up on a war footing," added the official.

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