New Delhi: Unable to decide on the issue of regularisation of Commonwealth Games Village apartments, the Urban Development Ministry may put it up before the Group of Ministers (GoM).
    
The premium flats constructed at the Games Village are mired in controversy due to excess floor area ratio (FAR) and yet to get a completion certificate from the Urban Development Ministry.
    
"The Ministry is considering to put it before the GoM headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to decide on the issue," sources said.
     
In August, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had constituted a ministerial panel headed by Antony to examine the findings of the Shunglu Committee that probed alleged irregularities in conduct of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
    
Besides Antony, the GoM has HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma as members. Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy is a special invitee.
   
According to the draft note prepared by the Urban Development Ministry, the total area sanctioned was 2,05,140 sq metre for the developers but it was found the actual area built was 2,28,238.35 sq metre.
    
"So the extra built-up area beyond sanctioned floor area was 23,098.35 sq metre and a decision has to be taken on how to deal with the excess built-up area which was constructed in violation of the sanctioned plan," the sources said.

The Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) has also not given completion certificate. It had rejected the DDA's proposal to hand out conditional certificates for the Village flats asking the land owning agency to sort out the issue of excess FAR.
    
As per the Development Code of Master Plan-2021, only 5 percent compounding of the floor area at the time of completion is permitted.
    
"Therefore, an area of 10,257 sq metre at the Games Village has been considered as compoundable area by paying appropriate levies as per Master Plan of Delhi-2021 and the building bye-laws provisions.
   
"However, there still remains an extra built-up area to the tune of 12,841.35 sq metre which is beyond even the compoundable limits," according to the DDA.
    
The land owning agency has suggested that the entire excess area can be regularised by making payments by the developers at prevailing marketing rate which is at present is to be Rs 18,000 per sq feet.
    
The Delhi High Court has given one month time to the Urban Development Ministry to make its stand clear on the issue on petitions filed by buyers seeking a directive to secure possession of their properties at the Village.
    
"We have to communicate to the court before November 18," said a senior official of the Ministry, adding "a decision on the issue is likely to be taken shortly."


Agencies