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RLDA to redevelop a railway colony at Boulevard Road, North Delhi

An exclusive commercial development is also proposed on the site facing the busy Lala Hardev Sahai Marg

The Rail Land Development Authority will redevelop a railway colony at Boulevard Road, adjacent to Tis Hazari Metro Station near Rajpur Road in North Delhi. The site will be developed as a residential project on a 5.38-hectare plot. It enjoys proximity to Bungalow Zone, Civil Lines, a premium neighbourhood in North Delhi, outlined under Zone-C in Delhi’s Master Plan 2021. Established as civilian quarters during colonial rule, the locality boasts prominent institutions such as Delhi University, Delhi Legislative Assembly, Tis Hazari Court, among others.

As per the Delhi Master Plan 2021, the project falls in the Civil Lines Bungalow Zone and is governed by Development Control Regulations (DCR) and Zonal Development Plan for Zone C (Civil Lines). Further, overarching regulations as laid out under Delhi Master Plan 2021 and Unified Building Bylaws would also apply to the site. The entire land parcel will be available for high-end residential development immediately after relocation of the existing railway quarters to another location within Delhi. Its location in the bungalow zone will foster elite development with high end villas, bungalows and plotted residential development. Exclusive commercial development is also proposed on the site facing the busy Lala Hardev Sahai Marg.

“The railway colony holds great potential for residential development. The proposed upscale residential development is envisioned as a self-sufficient neighbourhood endowed with state-of-the-art amenities. Its strategic location and excellent connectivity to Tis Hazari metro station, ISBT Kashmere Gate, North Campus and Vidhan Sabha will make it a preferred destination for homeowners,” said Ved Parkash Dudeja, vice chairman, Rail Land Development Authority.

Located in the heart of Delhi, the site enjoys excellent connectivity to all major commercial, educational and institutional hubs in the NCR via road and metro, for example, Connaught Place (6 km), Chanakyapuri (10 km), and IGI Airport (17 km). The site is 2.5-km away from Old Delhi Railway Station and 7 km from the New Delhi Railway Station. It is flanked by DDA flats towards the West and Victoria Girls’ Senior Secondary School and Tirath Ram Shah Hospital in the North. The Kashmere Gate Metro Station, a transfer station with the confluence of Red Line, Yellow Line and Violet Line is barely 1 km from the site.

Due to proximity to the Ring Road, the site is also well connected to the peripheral developments in Gurugram and Noida. The immediate influence zone of the site would extend to a 5-7 km radius, encompassing parts of Central and North Delhi. This is bound by the Ring Road to the north and west, extending roughly to Mukherjee Nagar in the North, Karol Bagh in the West, and Connaught Place in the South. To the East, the Influence Area would be limited by River Yamuna.

The redevelopment is planned around the concept of biophilic urbanism, which is emerging as an important design principle for cities, featuring a suite of natural design features that address multiple pressures related to climate change, increasing urban populations, finite resources and our inherent need for contact with nature. The principle directs the creation of urban environments that are conducive to life, delivering a range of benefits to stakeholders including building owners, occupiers and the surrounding community.

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