Senior officials of DDA have unveiled its most ambitious project--East Delhi Hub--a TransitOriented Development project.The National Buildings Construction Corporation has been placed in charge of executing this project.
Based in Karkardooma, the hub is spread over 30 hectares or 75 acres and involves developing 1 crore square feet of built-up area. The two agencies have set themselves a target of completing the project, estimated to cost Rs.4,500 crore, in three years.
The project involves many firsts, including execution of a TOD guidelines-based project.TOD is a futuristic model for development--pedestrian friendly and high-density with mixed land use--and it's how DDA hopes to eventually redevelop the entire capital.
Karkardooma will be the first area in the city to have zero-discharge individual structures with in-house water treatment facility and platinum-rated green buildings. It's also the first to have a structure over 100 storeys tall. Part of the hub is the Signature Tower which is expected to be 300 metres high.
The 75-acre zone will be based around the existing Karkardooma Metro station and another which is set to come up in Delhi Metro's next phase.Dedicated service and studio apartments for senior citizens will also be part of this project.
Senior NBCC officials said that they are considering including an India Habitat Centre-like convention space.NBCC officials said they have already tied up with engineers at IIT Roorkee to develop this area and to “do away with the conventional brick and mortar constructions“.
On the issue of consumption of water and power in the area, the officials weren't completely clear yet, but said that they would meet at least 40% of the water requirement through recycling methods. Senior DDA officials said they are looking at developing 2-3 more sites based on TOD norms. “We are looking at developing two sites in Dwarka and another one in east Delhi near Sanjay Lake based on TOD,“ Kumar said.