Posted By : Jul 10 2019
Posted On : Delhi Lpp
Delhi Development Authority is planning to develop two “model sectors” to promote its land pooling policy. These sectors will be constructed on the land pooled until now and showcase the development that DDA envisages under the policy. The authority believes that these model sectors will encourage owners to come forward and aggregate their land.
On February 5, DDA had launched a web-enabled, single-window portal for inviting registration for participation in land pooling. Any landowner whose plot falls in the five planning zones in the city can participate. The portal was scheduled to be open for six months, i.e. till August 4. However, as the response has been rather tepid, DDA now plans to keep the portal open for a longer period.
DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor told TOI that while the portal was initially planned to be kept open till August, but it was just a suggestion. “We wanted to see the response and, then, take a decision. We don’t expect a large area to be aggregated in such a short time,” he said.
As of now, DDA has received 1,300 paid registrations and 1,100 hectares of land has been pooled. However, the land parcels are scattered across different zones, making it difficult to carve out sectors with an area of about 200 hectares as 70% of the land must be congruous according to the norms. Sources in DDA said that there are plans to tweak the norms.
“We are looking at three sectors, mainly. Two sectors in Kanjhawla, near Rohini, have 30% of aggregated land,” said Kapoor. A source said a sector may come up near Dwarka too.
These sectors would be developed as “model” ones, a DDA official said. “We are confident that once the model sectors come up, owners will flock to get their pooled land,” the official said. “We will develop roads, drainage, water pipelines, etc, as soon as a sector is marked. We are in talks with the Delhi Jal Board for the provision of water.”
The unavailability of adequate water and other resources had forced DDA to decrease the initially planned floor area ratio (FAR) of 400 for areas to be developed under land pooling to 200.
The authority is also taking other measures to promote land pooling. “We have created pamphlets, presentations, and a film, and now plan to organize meetings in villages,” Kapoor said. “We will open helpdesks in a few days and also intend to start two DDA offices in these areas, which will have revenue staff ”.
He said that registration of 1,100 hectares of land was a small victory. “The only problem is that the land parcels are scattered and not congruous,” the official said. “The development process is time-consuming and we hope that 19,000 hectares of land will be pooled eventually”.