NEW DELHI: 7th September is a day which will remain etched into the minds of many Delhi citizens because, on this day, the long-pending Land Pooling Policy was finally approved by Delhi development authority (DDA). This means that now 17 lakh housing units which will be able to accommodate 76 lakh people can be constructed. The meeting chaired by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal at Raj Niwas in Delhi reached to this conclusion after a long time of deliberations. The policy will be implemented once it gets approved by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Under this policy, 95 villages which come under the Delhi urban extension will be developed and urbanized.
The land pooling agencies will be responsible for the development of basic infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals, community centers etc. on some part of the pooled land. A portion of the plot will be returned to the farmers who can, later on, develop housing projects in collaboration with private builders. Considering the limited availability of resources (availability of water, land requirement for social infrastructure) and the impact of it on the environment, DDA has reduced the floor-area ratio from 400 to 200.
The approval (pending green light from Urban Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs) of land pooling policy is expected to generate economic, social and civic development of the city which will not only provide affordable housing for people of Delhi, benefit a large number of farmers but also provide a huge opportunity for investment in a bright future. Out of the 17 lakh proposed houses to be constructed (thanks to the land pooling policy), 5 lakhs will be built for people belonging to the economically weaker section. This goes with the thinking, “we develop better together”.
Simplification of the land pooling policy from its earlier variants ensures that transfer of pooled land to DDA is not required. Originally, the pooled land’s development including planning & execution was to be done by DDA. But now, DDA’s role is that of a “facilitator, regulator and planner only”. Landowners having land of any size can join under the land pooling policy. However, a minimum area which will be taken up for development is 2 hectares. Any individual/developer can be part of the scheme by land pooling under a sector, as per the Zonal Development Plan.