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Delhi’s Land Pooling Policy will be Available Soon Says DDA Vice-Chairman

Land pooling in Delhi getting great demands and it will be developed to meet the residential needs around 95 lakh people. Of course, this policy will be in place by end of April this year says DDA (Delhi Development Authority) vice chairman Udai Pratap Singh. We have received many suggestions from people site and we hope the policy will be placed by end of April, he told reporters.

The authorities will all the suggestions, and also develop whatever is possible according to the law. Obviously, people have given their comments that are being examined to bring some changes in this year.

Examination of those suggestions will be discussed at the Authority’s meeting then only approval of the Authority even it will be sent to the government for notification “ he said.

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Last year the policy was simplified for speedy execution as well as Delhi Development Authority was to act as a facilitator as well as a planner as against the role of the execution of Land Pooling Policy. February 24 is the last date for receiving objections and suggestions from the public.

Normally, land pooled under the policy that was to be transferred to DDA and it acts as the Developer Entity (DE) even undertake further sectoral planning as well as the proper development of infrastructure in the particular land. In December last year meeting it had decided to do away with this exact needs and requirement even said that land title will also continue to be with the original landowners.

However, Delhi Development Authority asked to ensure single-window clearance mechanism based on the necessary approvals for speedy development as well as implementation.

In general, Land Pooling Policy covers the greenfield areas in five zones J, K-1, L, N, and P-II these also developed under Master Plan Delhi 2021. The development for effective utilization of scarce land resource and the policy permits are also enhanced FAR of 400 against the present 150. The policy is mainly developed to offer affordable housing and an additional FAR of 15 percent. Of course, around 22,000 hectares of land can be pooled under the policy and it could meet the needs of about 95 lakh people.

Most importantly, Land pooling would catalyze the social, economic and civic development of the national capital. This will trigger substantial investments as well as employment generation. More than 60 percent of the pooled land would be returned to landowners under the Land Pooling Policy. The land would be given to the respective owner after completion of the infrastructure development.

This policy developed to offer best houses for economically weaker sections that size of the houses will be 32-40 sq mt. Of course, half of the housing stock shall be retained by the Developer Entity to house Community Service and these houses will be built at the site or built at premises contiguous to the site allotted. Even another half of affordable houses also sold to the DDA and the cost is Rs 2,000 per sq ft.

Even experts also say that DDA doesn’t seem to have the in-house expertise to master plan like large land mass. Even it will revisit the earlier global Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite global organizations for designing advanced, modern and smart zonal plans.

Before before DDA, they experienced main challenges that include the process of re-allotment, how will the sixty percentages of land be returned to the developer and when will spatial & services planning be initiated by DDA for these different five zones and how will it put in place infrastructure, will it put in place a blockchain-based technology for getting ultimate support.

Obviously, DDA doesn’t have the last mile connect as well as the proper infrastructure to handle the physical operationalization and other factors related to the land pooling. In general, multiple agencies such as MCD, DJB and most policy interventions to be made immediately to augment the infrastructure requirements and needs of these proposed smart five zones. And do not repeat the mistakes of Rohini and Dwarka,” said by Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty.

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