NEW DELHI: Delhi will soon get 17 lakh new houses that will be able to accommodate 76 lakh people. The Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA ) ambitious but much-delayed Land pooling Policy was finally approved on Friday in the authority’s board meeting chaired by Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal.
The policy, which has been hanging fire for five years, was cleared for approval by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Friday. The policy covers urbanization areas of urban extensions in 95 villages. Formulated with an aim to provide affordable housing in Delhi, the policy is also expected to trigger economic development and generate one lakh jobs.
As part of the policy, DDA will act as a facilitator and planner and the process of pooling and development will be taken up by developer entities or consortiums. Landowners having land of any size can participate under the land pooling policy. However, the minimum area to be taken up for development would be two hectares. A Developer Entity (DE)/ individual can participate in the scheme by pooling land parcels covered under a sector as per the Zone Development Plan.
Integrated Sector-based planning approach will be followed for development of infrastructure. A sector will comprise of 250 to 300 hectares of land. Once minimum 70% contiguous land of the developable area within a sector free of encumbrances is assembled, such sectors shall be eligible for development under the Policy where any individual, developer entity or consortium with minimum two hectares of land can take up development.
DDA has, however, reduced the earlier floor area ratio (FAR) of 400 to 200 in view availability of water, the requirement of land for physical and social infrastructure and impact on the environment. As a result, instead of the projected 24 lakh dwelling units, DDA now expects 17 lakh dwelling units to come up in areas developed under the land pooling policy.
In order to promote affordable and inclusive housing, 15% FAR over and above permissible FAR has also been allowed for EWS/ affordable housing and five lakh dwelling units are expected to be created for the economically weaker sections of the society.
Differential land return in two categories has been replaced with the uniform division of land on 60:40 basis in the modified Policy, thereby benefitting small landholders/farmers. To keep pace with new forms of development, provision for achieving a vertical mix of uses (residential, commercial, PSP) at building level is introduced. Additional Development Controls have been introduced to regulate building and infrastructure aspects of developments.
Service providing agencies will take up the development of trunk infrastructure, i.e. roads, water supply, electricity, greens, including social infrastructure, etc. within 40% of the land area, in a time bound manner. The Developer Entity/ Consortium shall take up internal development of land under residential, commercial and public & semi-public facilities as per the Policy.
New developments under the land pooling policy shall comply with the mandatory green building norms as prescribed in the MPD and building byelaws incorporating principles like a dual pipeline, maximum use of recycled water for non-potable purposes, conservation of rainwater, zero waste technology etc. Minimum 10% of all energy consumption shall be through solar power or throgh other renewable energy sources.
Keeping in line with the goal of ‘ease of doing business’ Single Window System is being created for the implementation of policy in DDA and a two-stage Grievance Redressal Mechanism within DDA.