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Affordable Housing Now Possible for Delhiites!

NEW DELHI: The long-delayed Land Pooling policy of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which had been under contemplation for the past five years has been finally approved. This spells a relief for a large number of urbanites that had been dreaming of purchasing their own homes in the city. In lieu of this policy, urbanization of areas will not only lead to affordable houses in Delhi but will also be a source of employment.
According to calculations made by DDA, formulation of the Land Pooling policy will see the construction of almost 17 lakh new houses which will provide accommodation 76 lakh people apart from creating job prospects for over 1 lakh people. According to this policy, any landowner can participate in the scheme, but the minimum area to be taken up for development is 2 hectares.

The development of infrastructure in the proposed zones will take place according to the integrated sector-based planning approach. A sector in such areas will comprise of about 250-300 hectares of land. Once 70% of the adjacent land of the developable area within a sector is assembled without any attached clauses, these sectors will become eligible for development under the Policy. This development can be undertaken by any individual, a consortium of likeminded people or any real estate developer.

There had, however, been some changes from the earlier agreement. DDA has reduced the floor area ratio from 400 to 200. This can be attributed to the somewhat reduced availability of water, requirement of land for garden area, parks, temples etc. as well the impact on the environment. This has resulted in the reduction of the number of residential units to 17 lakh from the earlier proposed 24 lakh units. Amongst these, 5 lakh units are expected to be created for people with low-income group.

According to the new norms, provision for both residential, PSP and commercial buildings have been announced at building level. The development of buildings and other infrastructure will also be regulated on a periodic basis. Development of basic infrastructure including roads, electricity, water supply and green areas within 40% of the land area will be done in a time bound manner. Internal development of buildings will be done by developers. Green building norms and building bye-laws regarding recycling of water, zero waste technology, solar power availability, and rainwater harvesting shall be followed mandatorily.

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