10 Things You Should Know About Delhi Development Authority
Before the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) came into being, as many as eight planners had shaped the city's modern urban infrastructure. But, the fast-growing city needed better development and this is why the DDA was formed under the Delhi Development Act.
Here are some interesting facts about the DDA:
- The DDA was the first development authority formed in Independent India. Development authorities across the country have been following its model to carry out planned development in urban areas. The DDA also has provided housing to over half of the population — 11 million — in Delhi.
- The development body started its operations in 1957 and has been operational in providing low-cost housing to the national capitals middle and lower-middle classes. According to its website, till January 2007, the DDA has allotted a total of 367,724 flats and about half the allotments were made to low-income groups. However, the value of over 30-year DDA flats in some premium colonies of the national capital are so high that only upper-middle classes would be able to afford them. For instance, for a 2BHK DDA apartment in Mayur Vihar Phase-1, a locality in the east, you will have to shell out over Rs 1 crore. You will spend much less for a similar non-DDA unit in the same locality.
- The DDA came up with its first Master Plan in 1962 and revised it in 1982. Its second Master Plan came up in 2001, and the Master Plan 2021 is yet to get a final shape.
- As Delhi is a union territory, land fall under the Centre purview. This is why the DDA is actually a Central body working in coordination with the UT government. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently came a with a Bill to confer statehood on Delhi. If that happens, the DDA will become a state subject.
- Under its horticultural division, the DDA manages 1,119 parks in the northwest zone and 1,418 parks in the southeast zone.
- Delhi's lieutenant governor — Anil Baijal hols the post currently— is the de facto chairman and the nominative head of the body, while senior IAS officers heads it as a vice-president.
- The DDA uses a luck draw system, the random number indicated technique, to allot housing units. Under the lucky draw, the body randomises the applicants and flats, picking up lucky numbers and does the mapping of applicants and the flats.
- Never mind the carbon emission, with a green cover of 19 per cent, Delhi is one of the greenest national capitals in the world, thanks to the DDA. The body boasts of four regional parks, 25 city forests, 111 district parks, 225 neighbourhood parks, 28 play fields and 12 sports complexes.
- The DDA has developed as many as 22 industrial estate, apart from nine shopping-cum-office complexes, 36 commercial centres, 134 local shopping centers and 440 convenient shopping centres across the national capital.
- To upgrade itself, the DDA has brought many of its services online in the recent past. This also makes the body one of the smart and well-functioning development authorities in the country.