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Housing Crunch Causes New Delhi To Raise The Roof

In the face of a severe housing shortage, a plan has been proposed in New Delhi, India, to rewrite the city's building requirements to allow for buildings to rise higher and house more.

"The Urban Development Ministry has a plan in place to meet the city's future housing needs. The ministry is working on a redevelopment project under which many old colonies will be restructured into multistoried apartment blocks that will clear the present civic mess."

"Unveiling the Centre's plan to set the ball rolling for the urban renewal of old colonies of Delhi, Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken said that the new Master Plan will give permission to construct 50 per cent over and above the existing permissible floor area ratio (FAR) in old dilapidated colonies. Thirty per cent of the common areas will have to be maintained as greens and soft parking."

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