DUAC's Initiatives

Details on Development Concerns of Delhi Urban Art Commission(2011-2014)

The Commission was reconstituted in June 2011. One of the very first steps by the Commission on assuming office was to hold series of meetings with its advisors, architect community, heads of Public Sector Undertakings and a cross-section of other experts to chalk out its agenda for the future.

City Level Projects

Based on the deliberation at these meetings the Commission sent a proposal to the Government for taking up key city level issues on which the Commission felt that it can make valuable contribution. Based on the outcome of these discussions it formulated a proposal for undertaking seven City Level Projects. The intention was not to step onto the turf of other authorities but give a direction to the planning process to do studies on a three dimensional basis which hitherto was being done on a two dimensional basis and which could be adopted by the authorities not only in Delhi but other cities in the Country.

The proposal of the Commission was considered by a high level Project Approval Committee (PAC) in March 2012. After detailed deliberation the Government's approval and expenditure sanction was received in May 2012 for undertaking the following City Level Projects.

Sl. No.ProjectNo. of proposals/ studies
1 Site specific design for wards 25 nos.
2 Rehabilitation of Unauthorized colonies/ Slums in Delhi 10 nos.
3 Vision for Delhi 01 no.
4 High Rise developments proposals along metro corridors 01 no.
5 Rejuvenation of Delhi Gardens 20 nos.
6 Preparation of design and prototype for high-tech public toilets 04 prototypes
7 Unified Building bye-laws for Delhi --

In the first phase, the Commission took up the following:-

  1. Sites specific design for wards in Delhi
    1. Kalkaji East of Kailash – Area specific design
    2. New Ashok Nagar (Ward No.212)
    3. C.R. Park (Ward No.190)
    4. Chirag Delhi and its precincts
  2. Rehabilitation of Slum/Un-authorised Colonies
    1. (a) Unauthorised Colonies
      1. New Ashok Nagar (Ward No.212)
      2. Aya Nagar (Ward No.175)
      3. Mohammad Pur Village (Ward No.67)
    2. (b) Slums
      1. Mohammadpur Slum
      2. Sudhar Camp (Ward No.196)
  3. High rise development proposals along Metro corridors

    The corridor that has been taken up for the study is the stretch on NH-10 viz. Peera Garhi to Mundka.

  4. Rejuvenation of Gardens
    1. South Delhi Greens primarily comprising of forests at Jahanpanah, Panchsheel and Tughlaqabad, have been taken up to evaluate and improve their integration with the surrounding urban fabric.
    2. Landscape and Pedestrian connections at Netaji Subhash Place Metro Station, Pitampura, New Delhi
  5. High-Tech Public Toilets

    The Commission on the basis of a design competition have got prepared a prototype which has since been installed opposite Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Old R.K. Ashram Marg, New Delhi. Various City authorities as well as those from other states have been showing interest in the prorotype and indicated their requirements .

  6. Unified Building Bye-laws for Delhi of putting in place single window clearing system for building proposals


    1. To simplify the procedure for getting the sanction/permit for construction of building.
    2. Definition/listing of the relevant documents.
    3. Simplification of applicability aspects. To study relevance of the different existing bye-laws and suggesting necessary amendments.
    4. To put together a simple clear version of bye-laws in each category so that even a common man can also understand them.
    5. Specifically removing compounding provisions.
    6. The new simplified bye-laws to incorporate the basic principles of green building/GRIHA.
    7. To provide for concept of designing green buildings/GRIHA and other similar latest technological advancements.
    8. The concise and simplified bye-laws should be easy to interpret in order to promote the process of self sanction by the concerned architects.
    9. The entire process of building bye-laws, their applicability to the concerned project should be done electronically.
    10. Producing alternative document of existing unified building bye-laws 1983 as well as separately landuse category wise.
    11. The exercise to lead to the way to electronic processing for sanctions by the local Authorities.

    On the basis of high level discussions on the Simplified Building Byelaws prepared by DUAC, the Government has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi for finalization of the report wherein all the local bodies/authorities have been involved.

    The studies in Phase I have been completed and reports sent to the Govt. for implementation. The reports were formally launched by the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development on the 19th February, 2014 in a gathering comprising of Additional Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Heads of local authorities and other senior level officials, Advisors & Consultants.


The proposals undertaken in Phase-II are as follows:-

1 (Adarsh Nagar) - Azad Pur (Ward No.14)
2 Nicholson Cemetery (Ward No.78)
3 Uttam Nagar (Ward No.127)
4 Vinod Nagar (Ward No.217)
5 Lado Sarai (Ward No.169)
6 Yamuna Bank Development
7 Punjabi Bagh (Ward No.103)
8 Kashmere Gate, Chandni Chowk, (Ward No.77, 80)
9 Malviya Nagar and Hauz Rani (Ward No.161, 162, 189, 191)
10 Hari Nagar Greens (Ward No.114, 112, 111, 109)
11 Vision of Delhi (Pedestrian street of Delhi) – Nallas of Delhi
12 Karampura (Ward No.100)
13 G.K. II (Ward No.189)
The Phase-II studies are also at an advanced stage of completion and the reports have been handed over for editing before being sent to the Printer.
Streamlining Internal Examination Criteria

While the City Level Projects have been the main focus of the Commission, the Commission made concerted efforts to ensure that the other routine proposals being referred through the local bodies get adequate attention. The Commission considers these proposals on the basis of its general guidelines for individual buildings which have been given wide publicity. In fact an undertaking is obtained from the project proponent/architect on these guidelines regarding compliance of these guidelines. Once such an undertaking is received, the consideration time of the Commission is minimal. After introduction of these guidelines the Commission has hardly any backlog at any point of time.

Acknowledging Contribution of Professionals

Another area where the Commission felt that needs to be given due attention is acknowledging the contribution of architect, engineer and owner of existing and proposed public buildings. The Commission felt that all existing public buildings need to be maintained properly with due respect and intent of the original architect who designed it. Accordingly, the Commission decided to take up with all concerned that in case any changes are desired on the external façade by the owner and the architect is alive it should be done with his consent and approval. In case the architect is not alive, the changes need to be done in a sensitive manner with respect to the original design.

To acknowledge the contribution of professionals engaged in public buildings, it was also decided that a plaque indicating the name of the architect, engineer, builder etc at a suitable location in all existing and proposed projects should be installed. On the basis of its decision, the Commission has written to authorities of all important public buildings in Delhi for compliance on the above aspects.

Maintenance of Public Buildings

Another related issue which affects the aesthetics of a building is its proper maintenance. With a view to ensure minimal maintenance of public buildings every project proponent while referring a proposal to the Commission for consideration has to give an undertaking for ensuring compliance with the guidelines. The Commission organized an interactive meeting with the different local bodies on the subject. It emerged during the course of discussions that many of these bodies could not take up maintenance work properly on account of inadequate funds. The matter was taken up with the Ministry for emphasising on the local authorities in Delhi for maintenance of public buildings under their jurisdiction. The matter was also given wide publicity in media.

Review of District Centres and other Iconic Buildings

The Commission expressed its dismay at the sad condition of the existing District Centres at Bhikaji Cama Place, Rajender Nagar and other iconic buildings in and around the Pragati Maidan. It expressed its concern on a proposal for a Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan spread over an area of one lakh sq. meters and a hall for 5000 persons together with corresponding parking facility keeping in view the fact that the site is next to an important landmark monument of the City viz. Purana Quila and the area already is prone to heavy traffic congestions. The Commission has initiated an exercise for notification of modern iconic buildings having heritage value.

City Level Project Details

  1. Aya Nagar
  2. Chirag Delhi
  3. Chittaranjan Park
  4. Delhi Greenways
  5. Kalkaji
  6. Mohammadpur
  7. Netaji Subash Place Metro Station
  8. New Ashok Nagar
  9. Sudhar Camp
  10. Transit Oriented Development