The next Dwarka or a Rohini that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) plans to develop in the Capital will not follow the usual route of acquiring huge tracts of land and then developing it. Instead, it will allow developers or large landholders to pool in land for developing new sub-cities and get a share in lieu of it.
DDA has developed three sub-cities to date - Rohini, Dwarka and Narela - and there are plans, as per the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, to develop five more such sub-cities to provide accommodation to Delhi's growing population.
The major hurdle in their development is acquiring the required landmass. This is where the new policy comes into the picture.
A new 'land pooling' policy is being worked out, in which officials from both DDA and the Union Urban Development Ministry are involved. A meeting was recently held at the ministry and DDA has made a presentation on three different models on which the policy can be based.
"The reason we have been unable to develop the new sub-cities is the shortage of land. Acquiring land is a long and problematic process and that is why land pooling is being looked into," said a senior DDA official, who did not wish to be named.
"The idea is to allow farmers or large landowners to pool in their land, which would be then developed by DDA. The land owners would get a substantial portion of the developed land back and can then sell it on their own," he said.
The official said that lack of adequate compensation has been an old grouse of farmers, but the land pooling policy would ensure that they also earn revenue from the land that they part with. "This would make land owners a partner in the development," he said.
The proposals that are being considered include pooling of land and development by DDA, the land owners developing the land on their own with help from DDA or involving private developers instead of DDA, to develop an area. According to sources, the proposals are being studied and a final decision would soon be taken by the Ministry.
Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath had said last year that the new land pooling policy would replace acquiring of land by DDA.
"Under this policy, landowners such as farmers get a share of the developed land and private players are involved to develop areas," he had said.