UD ministry favours use of farm land for housing
To ensure that the city is able to cater to the housing needs of the growing population, the urban development ministry has emphasised the need to use agricultural land for residential and commercial purposes. HT reports.delhi Updated: Dec 15, 2011 01:04 IST
To ensure that the city is able to cater to the housing needs of the growing population, the urban development ministry has emphasised the need to use agricultural land for residential and commercial purposes.
The ministry is of the view that Delhi is an urban city and hence priority has to be given to those needs.
Addressing a press conference, urban development minister Kamal Nath said there are certain realities that our policymakers and planners have to realise while framing Delhi’s Master Plan.
“In the Master Plan 2021 there are lots of areas classified as agriculture/lal dora/abadi. But, today, there are certain realities that we need to accept. There is no agriculture in Delhi. We have to adopt and adapt,” the minister added.
UD secretary Sudhir Krishna further elaborated on the subject. “Emphasis should be put on agricultural areas to ensure food security. However, later on it is realised that in big urban centres, the better option is to import food rather than on cultivation.”
According to officials in Delhi, close to 25% of the city’s land is agriculture even as a number of unauthorised colonies, farmhouses and commercial structures have come up on them. “Areas classified as agricultural land or abadi are a myth. Most of the unauthorised colonies are constructed on agriculture land. Even though residential colonies have come up on them, the land use still remains agriculture, depriving them of a legal status. There is a need to review them,” said a senior official.
There are a number of areas in the city in which land use is still classified as agricultural. Areas such as Sangam Vihar, part of Chattarpur Enclave and MG Road, Rajokri, Bijwasen, Narela, Najafgarh come under that category. “There are still some parts in south zone of MCD and Najafgarh zone where small-scale farming is carried out,” added the official.