DUAC - Delhi Urban Art Commission
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The Delhi Urban Art Commission was set up w.e.f. May 1, 1974 under the Delhi Urban Art Commission Act, 1973 as an Advisory Body to the Central Government and the three local bodies in Delhi namely, the Delhi Development Authority, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council. The objective of the Commission is indicated in its Preamble.

...preserving, developing and maintaining the aesthetic quality of urban and environmental design within Delhi.

The Commission comprises a Chairman and can have a maximum of four other Members. The Commission has been chaired by well-known personalities. A Secretary heads the Secretariat.

The projects required to be considered by the Commission are stipulated in Section 11 of the DUAC Act. These include District Centres, Community Centres, Residential Complexes, Lutyen's Bungalow Zone Area, Connaught Place Complex, Walled city area, conservation of monuments etc. The Commission is also concerned with under-passes, grade separators, street-furniture etc.

While the local bodies ensure compliance with municipal byelaws the Commission considers projects in the context of their surroundings as well as aesthetic and functional aspects.


The Commission considers about 350-450 proposals in a year referred by Local Bodies. The details relating to proposals considered by the Commission during the past 3 years is as follows:-

SI. No. Year Meeting Proposals Considered
1. 2011-12 24 208
2. 2012-13 26 212
3. 2013-14 25 231


Besides considering cases referred through the local bodies the Commission also entertains proposals direct from the Architect/Promoter at conceptual stage itself. The purpose of considering cases at conceptual stage is to help an architect to understand the requirements of the Commission so that the changes/modifications are minimal when the project is finally received through the local body. However, the Commission would like to make it clear that conceptual approval is not a substitute for approval of proposal received through the concerned local body in terms of the DUAC Act.

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