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DDA is Going to Digitalize Soon to Help Land Pooling Move

Very soon, DDA (Delhi Development Authority) will be going to digitalize, which means the authority provides a single window portal for the benefit of people who are applying to develop their holdings under the policy of land pooling. This portal provides several benefits for the people who are applying under land pooling policy.

The portal assures to complete all the processes right from receiving an application to grant of approvals & licenses. Since all the processes handled under one roof, users need not confront many hassles. The vice chairman of DDA, Tarun Kapoor told that this portal would be the only mechanism via which land pooling applications would be received.

Comparison of land pooling policy with the conventional land development method

Union housing and urban affairs ministry recently notified the land pooling policy. This policy will be applicable in the urbanisable areas of the urban extensions in ninety-five villages in the capital. The main aim of this new policy is to offer reasonably priced housing by overcoming the awkward land acquisition process. It also promises to pave a way for seventeen lakhs new houses in the National capital. It is projected to accommodate more than seventy-six lakhs residents.

When compared to the traditional model of the land development that often hindered in litigation because of the paltry compensation complaints the new land pooling policy lets land pooling by the developers. As a result, they can retain about 60percent of the developed land for commercial/residential use rather than offering public facilities. Delhi Development Authority will take a backseat and then play a role of the facilitator alone.

DDA will launch the portal within three to four months

Tarun Kapoor also said that the process of creating the small portal could take at least three to four months. However, landowners can able to begin aggregating land parcels and therefore they are ready to apply once the portal arrives. He also said that each sector in the zone developed under this policy must have the area of at least two hundred hectares according to our plans. Under this policy, landowners who have over two hectares of land can able to participate.

In this scheme, individual and developer entity can participate by pooling land, which covered under the sector according to the zonal development plan. When seventy percent of neighboring land of the developable area within this sector is assembled, it will be eligible for the development under the land pooling policy. In which, any developer or individual who has a minimum of two hectares of land will take up the development. The DDA senior official said that the work is going in the war footing in order to develop the zonal development plans. Therefore, the policy is executed within the time-bound manner.

A quick rundown of the new land pooling policy

Recently, Housing Ministry approved the Delhi land pooling policy. In the previous month, DDA has passed the policy, which would render 17lkahs new reasonably priced housing units for accommodating 76lakh people. Along with the land acquisition, the infrastructure project would become much easier to accomplish through this policy because many new avenues of investment would come up.

On the other hand, restricted FAR (Floor area ratio) might be a setback as the company has limited usable FAR to 200, which against proposed 400 FAR earlier because of the water shortage. Before, Anil Baijal who is the lieutenant governor of Delhi has approved 95villages as the development area through this new land pooling policy. This will let the fringes of Delhi to come up as the latest economic zones.

Hence, this policy will decongest the existing crowded residential areas in the national capital. In order to simplify the effort further, the center has also decided to tweak the land pooling policy. This will assist consequently in fulfilling the growing demand for the cost-effective housing in Delhi.

A journey of land pooling policy so far

The land pooling policy denotes the land parcel possessed by the individuals or group of individuals being consolidated by transferring the ownership rights to the land-pooling agency legally. Later, this will transfer the part of the land back to the landowners based on their contribution after the land undertaking for the development activities. Since landowners would not accept to transfer their land ownership to DDA agency, the authority wished to simplify it.

In 2007, the policy was notified along with the Delhi Master Plan 2021. The ultimate aim of this policy is to boost the urban development in the peri-urban areas along with the optimum utilization of construct structures and resources for both private and public use. The Urban development ministry has offered this policy in 2013 followed by the approval to draft regulations. However, the approval was pending at the Government of Delhi because it demanded 10% of total land pooled to be accessed for developing colleges, schools, and hospitals.

Learn the benefits of new land pooling policy

The heart of the new land pooling policy proposal is planned development. Under this new scheme, small land pieces will be combined into a large land parcel. In the big land area, the necessary infrastructure will be developed, which includes sewage system, water supply, drainage, etc. The planned development of a larger area will also facilitate metro rails, roads, and markets.

As per the scheme, the developed land will be returned to the developers and owners. The government will sell some part of the land parcel in order to recover the costs. If the landowner offers 2-20hectares of land, then he or she will obtain 48% of the land back. Individuals who are providing greater than 20hectares will acquire 60% of their land back.

FAR (floor area ratio) is the ratios of the land size and area, which can be developed and will be minimized from 400-200. For the development of internal infrastructure, the landowners will be responsible. It includes a power supply, water supply lines, sector road, rainwater harvesting, and others.

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