Brief history of Farmhouses in Delhi
There never existed a policy for the organised development of the Farmhouses in Delhi. Most existing farmhouses mushroomed over the past four decades.
There is a policy now, which not just recognises Farmhouses as a separate product category, but also offers a framework for organised development.
In the 1960s, Delhi was still a largely agrarian society, and land wasn’t at a premium. The government was focused on setting up DDA, to create middle class housing stock to cater to the influx of people into Delhi. Land in villages was used for farming, and the landowners were permitted to build a dwelling unit on the agricultural land, to facilitate them to stay overnight, to tend to their agricultural produce. It was never intended to be a first home.
With incremental affluence in the 1980s & 90s, land under some villages in South Delhi changed hands from villagers to the HNI segment. Farm house colonies were created by the private sector developers, as well as consortiums of individuals. The government too ignored this segment as these private individuals were providing for themselves, both infrastructure & amenities. There were no written down building bylaws on Farmhouses.
In the course of time, the land owners built ‘large mansions’, in most cases exceeding the laid down norms for FAR, height & land coverage.
By the turn of this century, there were multiple farmhouse colonies in Delhi. The Municipal corporation estimated that there were more than more than 7000 dwelling units, of which, the MCD itself had accorded legal sanction to 70%. These farmhouses were neither ‘Legally illegal’, nor ‘Illegally legal.’
Over the past decade & half, umpteen efforts were made to legalise these structures, and put in place guidelines, not just for the regularisation of the existing farmhouses, but also create fresh stock of high end Farmhouse residential areas.
Under the Delhi master plan 2021, provisions were made towards the same. During the review of the same through 2012-14, the government felt the need for a rank new pragmatic policy.
The Low Density Residential policy (LDRP) was notified 2013.
In 2015, the Delhi Urban Arts commission (DUAC) revisited the building bylaws and amended them.
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