New Delhi: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will soon appoint a consultant to help the agency create a single-window portal for those applying to develop their holdings under the landpooling policy.
The portal promises to complete all processes, including receiving applications, verifications, grant of approvals and licenses, etc, in a time-bound manner. DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor told TOI that the portal would be the only mechanism through which applications for land pooling would be received.
The Land Pooling Policy was recently notified by the Union housing and urban affairs ministry and will be applicable in ‘urbanisable’ areas of urban extensions in 95 villages in the capital. The new policy aims to provide affordable housing by overcoming the cumbersome process of land acquisition and promises to pave the way for 17 lakh new houses in Delhi, which is projected to accommodate over 76 lakh residents.
Doing away with the traditional model of land development, which often gets mired in litigation due to complaints of paltry compensation, the new policy allows pooling of land by developers who
can retain 60% of the developed land for residential and commercial use, apart from providing public facilities. DDA will take a backseat and only play the role of a facilitator.
Kapoor said that the process of creating the portal could take three to four months but land owners can start aggregating land parcels so that they are ready to apply as soon as the portal comes up. “As per our plans, each ‘sector’ in a zone, developed under the new policy, must have an area of at least 200 hectares,” he said.
Land owners who have more than two hectares of land can participate under the policy. A developer entity or individual can participate in the scheme by pooling land parcels covered under a sector as per Zonal Development Plan and an integrated sector based planning approach will be followed. Once 70% contiguous land of the develop-able area within a sector, free of encumbrances, is assembled, it shall be eligible for development under the policy where any individual, developer entity or consortium, with minimum two hectares of land, can take up the development.
A senior DDA official said that work is going on a war footing to prepare the zonal development plans so that the policy is implemented within a time-bound manner.