DDA Land Pooling Policy: Over 5,000 Ha Land Pooled Through Online Portal
The Delhi Development Authority has pooled around 5,028 ha land till August 30, 2019, the urban body said in a statement. The land pooled in zones P-II, N, L and K-I are 1027 ha, 2654 ha, 1152 ha and 195 ha, respectively
"With the encouraging response received in expressing participation on the DDA portal, the landowners in the 95 villages are coming forward to partner with the DDA in the assembly of land and developing physical and social infrastructure in Delhi. There has been a phenomenal rise in area of land pooled in the last 2 months and it is expected that Sectors in Zone N (near Bawana) and P-II (near Alipur) will soon become eligible for development under the policy," the DDA said in a statement.
Currently, the maximum participation of land owners is in Sector 17, 20 and 21 of zone N and Sector 2 of zone P-II. These sectors are likely to achieve the minimum threshold of 70 per cent land as per the current trends, the statement said.
Over 4,200 Applications Received Through Online Portal
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has received over 4,200 applications for 4,452 hectares of land, as on August 5, 2019, for its Land Pooling Policy, through its registration portal which was launched in February 2019, to ease the application and verification process. The policy, notified by the DDA in September 2018, covers urbanisable areas of urban extensions, at 95 villages in the national capital.
DDA Seeks Citizens' Participation In Naming New Sub-Cities
July 30, 2019: DDA is also reaching out to citizens, asking them to take part in naming five new sub-cities that will be developed under the Land Pooling Policy. For this purpose, the DDA has uploaded a link on its website, where citizens can offer their suggestions.
It was in October 2018, when Delhi's Land Pooling Policy got an approval from the centre. Under the policy, the DDA will develop five zones — N, P-II, K-I, L and J —in Najafgarh, Rohini and Narela.
What is DDA Land Pooling Scheme
Under the policy, nearly 1.7 million affordable housing units could be built across the national capital. The numbers could have been much higher but the DDA had to reduce the floor area ratio from 400 earlier to 200 now, owing to water shortage, a move criticised by stakeholders. "This is likely to dampen the prospects of many families wanting to have their own home. This could had been avoided in the public interest," said Neh Srivastava, president, the Central Secretariat Services Officers Society. "It's imperative that people first cross-verify the members sitting on the executive boards of the companies engaged in building these flats and choose their investment destinations accordingly," Srivastava adds.
The DDA is planning to build a single-window clearance system to speed up the work under the policy. The DDA has tried to simplify the policy, by assuming the role of a facilitator and planner only. "The DDA will now act as a facilitator, regulator and planner. The revision of the Zonal Development Plans will be undertaken for the effective implementation of the policy and delineation of sector boundaries,” the DDA said. "Minimum 70 per cent contiguous land pooled within a sector, will be eligible for processing under the policy. The differential land return has been replaced with the uniform division of land to respective landowners on 60:40 basis," the DDA added.
It said the developer entity or consortium will retain 60 per cent of the pooled land and hold the remaining 40 per cent on behalf of the DDA, to be surrendered (free of encumbrances) as and when required to DDA or service-providing agencies, for development. This policy covers the urbanisable areas of urban extensions wherein 95 villages have already been included in the development area of the DDA.
"In order to promote affordable and inclusive housing, 15 per cent over and above permissible FAR (floor area ratio) has also been allowed for EWS (economically weaker sections) or affordable housing. The land pooling policy will be a key input in economic, social and civic development of the city and is likely to generate immense investment opportunities and trigger a boost in the economy," it said.
With inputs from Housing.com News