Delhi won’t stand tall with 100-storey building

The proposed tallest 100-storey building of the country planned to come up in Delhi that includes residential and commercial space will now be reduced to 60-65 floors. This was after security concerns were raised by the Hindon Airbase and the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A Delhi Development Authority project under Transit Oriented Development (TOD) was announced in 2015 in East Delhi’s Karkardooma area. The 100-storey building was part of the 4,500 flats project spread over 75 acres.

The Delhi Development Authority in 2015 had announced the East Delhi hub based on TOD to ensure development in high density areas. This was aimed towards increasing connectivity to a mass rapid transport mode and offering pedestrian and cycle-friendly environments. There are approximately 91 buildings in the country at 125 meters or above, 71 of these are in Mumbai alone.

Currently, the tallest building of the country is in Mumbai, which stands tall at 254 meters and 60 storeys. Meanwhile, Delhi’s tallest building is the Civic Centre which is the headquarters of two out of three municipal corporations in the national capital. The building is 28-storeys high and stands tall at 112 meters.

After completion, the tower would have been the country’s tallest building with 4,800 flats, 80,000 sqm of retail space, a five-acre park, apart from sculptures, laser park, and a circular skywalk. Other towers within the complex would have had 10-30 storeys. However, the officials say that the building plan will now undergo changes, including the commercial angles.

“The project at Karkardooma involved development of 75 acres of land in east Delhi between two Metro lines. The project was to be built by National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), with a total expected cost of Rs 4,500 crore,” said a DDA official.

“There is an entire chapter on TOD in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 which proposes corridors on the Chattarpur to Arjangarh Metro stations, Peeragarhi to Teekri Kalan Metro stations, Dwarka Mor to Dwarka Sector 21 Metro stations and Nehru Place to Badarpur stations,” said the official.

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