Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has initiated a step to take the national capital a level above the vision of making a smart city. For which the authority has decided to act more as a facilitator and planner as against the role initially envisaged for it as a part of the simplification of execution of land pooling policy. Land pooling in Delhi which is expected to meet the rising demand for residential and other needs besides stimulating economic growth and which was further simplified for speedy execution has now undergone a modification.
Originally under the policy, the DDA kept 52% of land while 48% was given to the developers. This annoyed the developers, also, it did not benefit the farmers much to whom the land belonged. But according to the modified policy, now the developers will get 60% of the land while DDA will keep only 40% of it.
For this DDA has asked for general public’s advice and suggestions. The authority in a notification has invited objections or suggestions with respect to the proposed modifications in the Land Policy.
As per the notification released by DDA, it says that any person having any objections or suggestions regarding the proposed modifications may send them in writing to the Commissioner-cum-Secretary, DDA, within a period of 45 days from the date of this notice. The person who will be making the objections or suggestions are also asked to give his/her name, address and telephone /contact number(s) which should be readable.
To whom and how the modified policy will benefit?
• According to the new policy, the developers will acquire more area of land.
• Besides, according to a source, a provision also liberates the landowner from paying any ‘Stamp Duty’ which was supposed to be paid by him/her while selling the property.
• Under this policy, the landowner is expected to be benefitted at large.
• Keeping in mind of making the whole procedure clear and simple, the process will take place through a ‘Single Window System’.
The land pooling policy, which is set to expand the urban limits of Delhi, was notified by the ministry of urban development (MoUD) in September 2013 while the regulations for operationalisation of the policy were approved in May 2015 by the ministry.
Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on June 16, 2017, had approved a notification to declare 95 villages as development areas of DDA under the land pooling policy. He also announced this on Twitter.
Approved notification of 95 villages as development areas of DDA. Push for affordable housing, social & physical infrastr. needs of Delhi.
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) June 16, 2017
DDA had earlier in December had said that this policy covers the urbanisable areas of urban extensions wherein 95 villages have already been included in the Development Area of the DDA, reported PTI. “Land Pooling Policy will be a key input in the economic, social and civic development of the city and is likely to generate immense investment opportunities and trigger a boost in the economy,” DDA had said.