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DDA may revise master plan to include gyms and fitness centres

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Highlights:

  • The DDA has approved a proposal to revise the Delhi Master Plan to allow fitness centers to run in residential areas

  • Any new center can now be opened on the ground floor or in the basement

  • Delhi Master Plan 2021 now be revised and they will be able to get regularized by paying conversion charges

To give support to gym and wellness centers challenging sealing, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday passed a suggestion to amend Delhi Masterplan 2021 to regularise them and allow their service in mixed land use areas. The decision was taken during the authority meeting of the urban body, chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

After a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee recently ordered the sealing of all gym, yoga, and wellness centers that have been established in the national capital (Delhi) after August 12, 2008, violating the master plan standards. The current plan provides these facilities in commercial complexes only if they have developed before 12th August 2018, while the rest are supposed illegal said Vijender Gupta, a DDA member.

According to the committee, all these centers fall under the “other” category of land use. The order is also implemented irrespective of the nature of the road i.e. commercial, mixed or non-notified.

Gupta further said that the Delhi Master Plan 2021 now be revised and they will be able to get regularized by paying conversion charges. Also, any new fitness and wellness center can now be opened on the ground floor or in the basement.

DDA will soon be requesting suggestions from the public and establishing a board of inquiry. When this procedure will be completed, the proposal will be put again before the authority. While the revision will take some time, the process to bring cheer to gyms and fitness centers within walking distance from the homes of residents has begun.

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