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Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) in New Delhi proposed to be reduced by 5.13 sq.kms

Based on several representations form various organisations and individuals, the Ministry of Urban Development has proposed to demarcate the Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) in New Delhi in a transparent manner and accordingly has sought suggestions and objections to the proposals in this regard. Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has directed that the proposals for fresh demarcation of LBZ be placed in public domain. As per the Minister’s direction, the report submitted by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) has been uploaded today on the Ministry’s website ( inviting comments/views/suggestions to be sent to Secretary, DUAC by post or mail ( by October 15, 2015.

This is the first time public views are proposed to be taken into consideration before demarcating LBZ which was not done when the first demarcation was done in 1988 and for the second time in 2003.

As per the Report submitted by DUAC on the behest of the Ministry of Urban Development, the LBZ area is proposed to be reduced by 5.13 sq.kms to 23.60 sq.kms from the present 28.73 sq.kms. The LBZ area of 25.88 demarcated for the first time in 1988 increased to 28.73 sq.kms in 2003 with the inclusion of new areas such as Babar Road, Bengali Market, Sundar Nagar, Jor Bagh, Panchsheel Marg, parts of diplomatic area in Chanakyapuri.

DUAC has proposed to keep the LBZ boundary close to the original boundary envisaged by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1912 while removing the transformed/commercialized areas/modern colonies which do not bear any semblance to the Lutyens Bungalow character and retaining green areas which were included in LBZ in 1988.   

DUAC, accordingly, in their Report submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development on 12.8.2015 has now proposed to exclude areas such as Jor Bagh, Golf Links, Sunder Nagar, Bengali Market, Ashoka Road, Mandir Marg, Panchsheel Marg, Sardar Patel Marg and Chanakyapuri  from LBZ area.

Premises of Supreme Court of India which was deleted from LBZ in 2003 is now  proposed to be included in LBZ.

In the proposed development control norms for residential bungalows, FAR of 20 with 12.50% ground coverage is suggested while in the present guidelines FAR is not specified. Basement has been proposed to be allowed within the building line, only for household storage and car parking. Building height is to be restricted to 12 m and the number of dwelling units to range from 1 to 4 depending upon the size of the plot. Setback norms will depend on the plot size.

For development or redevelopment of plots/premises for non-residential purposes, it is proposed to apply the norms of Master Plan for Delhi-2021 and Delhi Building Bye-laws, 1983.  However, overall building height shall not be more than 32 m with up to 3-level basement for parking which will not be included in FAR. A total of 7 floors including ground floor is proposed to be allowed.

Representations being received in the Ministry of Urban Development largely related to: Allowing construction of additional floor/dwelling unit within permissible height, Allowing basement in the existing residential plots, Excluding post-Independence residential plotted development colonies like Bengali Market, Babar Road, Golf Links etc. , and Applying development control norms of MPD-2001/2021.

Report of DUAC will be examined after receipt of comments, views, suggestions and objections from the public.