The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday approved its new ‘land pooling’ policy that promises to radically change the way land is acquired and developed in the Capital.
Named ‘policy on public-private-partnership in land assembly and development in Delhi’, it will allow the entry of the private sector in this sector. The DDA, which acquires land, will provide a chunk of the developed land back to the owner instead of compensation.
“Acquiring land has become very difficult in Delhi in the past two decades. The new policy will involve the owner in land development,” said a senior DDA official.
In the authority’s meeting chaired by Delhi Lt-Governor, the policy was approved and would be now sent to the Union urban development ministry for a final notification. The final policy has been shaped after taking into account suggestions and objections it had invited from the general public.
The Master Plan of Delhi 2021 envisages development of about 20,000-24,000 hectares of land for accommodating an additional population of 48 lakh by 2021.
The policy will allow consolidation of the private land by its owners through pooling and surrendering it to the DDA. There are two categories for land pooling (see box).
But there’s a rider: The developed land the owners will get back has to be used as per norms. For instance, of the 60% of land above 20 hectares they get back, 53% has to be used for residential purposes. Of the 48% that will be returned in the 0-20 hectare category, 43% is meant for residential use.
Land owners have to hand over 50% of the economically weaker section units to DDA and rest can be disposed of to service personnel working for the group housing societies.