DDA to turn areas around metro stations into commercial hubs
As part of its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy, Delhi Development Authority plans to turn areas around busy Delhi Metro stations into commercial and residential hubs. As part of a pilot project, these hubs are expected to come up at the metro stations at Mayur Vihar Extension, Dwarka Sector 21, Rohini Sector 18, Mukundpur, Sarojini Nagar and INA.
The plan to develop high-density commercial-cum-residential areas near metro stations was initiated to reduce congestion and pollution on Delhi roads. With areas near the metro stations being developed as TOD nodes, people will be able to visit them for work, shopping or recreation by the metro, thereby reducing pressure on the roads.
These hubs will be built by private developers by following the guidelines laid down by DDA and Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre. Builders will develop them on their own or form a consortium with other developers if required. They will have to submit detailed plans and designs of the hub to a committee, which will have officials of the land-owning body and local civic agencies. Once the NOC is given, work will go on under the supervision of DDA.