DDA’s Land Pooling Policy has taken zigzag turns in the last couple of months. Delhi government saw their demand of 15% pooled land met by Ministry of Urban Development and still there is no news of any action taken by the government. The delay has now started to cause serious damages to the long term planning of the city. That being said, LPP is also the need of the hour as the longer it will take to arrive, the higher there would be increase unauthorized development. These unauthorized expansions work like virus and eat up any scope of genuine and mass-affective development for the people. Whatever may be the reason for the Delhi government to delay the policy to such an extent, they will be rejuvenated after they implement it due to the absolute support of public for it. Meanwhile, we the common people should always look on the detailing of LPP which makes is such efficient.
First and foremost, LPP is the one-stop answer to all the problems faced by the farmers. The unfair compensation and taking away the farming profession are the two most common disparities the farmers had to face in the past. Talking specifically about the Delhi-NCR region, LPP is a gold mine for farmers. Digging deep into the matter, various non-profitable organizations such as FedHSDD, Delhi Land Pooling Policy and various others have found that the land which is coming under the policy is already unsuitable for cultivation purposes of farmers. This makes LPP the much desired resolution as it would be using these lands in the best way possible. Land Reform Act of 1954 may say that agriculture land should not be used for housing purpose but with clear evidences that land in Delhi NCR is already barren, it automatically becomes ready to use for other purposes. Farmers in outer Delhi also have problem regarding infrastructure as there has been no civic development done by the government. Hence, urbanization of LPP zones will really be helpful especially when the circle rates of these lands have gone down.
The private developers would themselves be able to pool the land according to their own arrangements with the individual land owners overseen by the government. The owners mainly farmers, will get 48-60% land back to a new location with stake holding in the infrastructure build by DDA and government on these lands. A big chunk of LPP land will be used to help lower income group’s develop. Moreover, the government will make close to a million EWS houses to bring the curtains down for the unauthorized development that will reach to 3000 such colonies if LPP is not brought soon. Master Plan Delhi 2021 is also slowing due to lack of speed in approval of LPP. We hope that since the demands of the government have been met in the most wondrous way, it should be fastening the policy.