DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) today approved the much-awaited land pooling policy which will pave way for easier acquisition of land for housing projects.
"With the acquisition of land becoming difficult for DDA in the past two decades, the Authority at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung approved the policy on public-private partnership in land assembly and development in Delhi," DDA spokesperson said.
Since the first Master Plan of Delhi in 1961, DDA's policy had been to acquire large tracts of land from private owners at a low price, develop it and then sell the residential or commercial properties at a premium.
But the policy came under attack from land-owners who demanded more compensation after the rate of properties escalated.
The new policy, which has been passed by the Authority, allows land-owners to pool their land for development by DDA.
But now instead of compensation, they would get back 40-60 per cent of land after development of infrastructure by DDA, which they can keep for themselves or give to private developers.
DDA approved the recommendation of the Board of Inquiry, which held hearings on June 22 and 23 suggesting that minimum land pooling size should in two categories, first with 20 hectares and above and, second between two and 20 hectares.
In the first category, "60 per cent of the pooled land would be used by DDA (53 per cent for residential purpose, five per cent for commercial and two per cent for public and semi-public use).
For the second category, it would be 48 per cent (43 per cent for residential, three per cent for commercial and two per cent for public and semi-public use).
The ground coverage has also been increased from 33 per cent to 40 per cent.
The Master Plan of Delhi 2021 envisages development of about 20,000-24,000 hectares of land for accommodating additional 48 lakh population in the national capital by the year 2021.
For housing for economically weaker sections, the 50 per cent of the pooled land would be handed over to DDA for building EWS units.
Operationalisation of the policy for taking up land and development by private owners would require formulation of "Regulations for Operationalisation" of this policy in which the role of land-owners and DDA had to be clearly spelt out.
It was proposed that DDA would set up a separate institutional framework with officials from DDA's planning, engineering, land management, legal and finance and accounts departments.
"In this new approach, all the plans shall be prepared through GIS technology, that means exact superimposition of land use plans on revenue maps," DDA spokesperson said, adding, if necessary, amendments would also be made in Delhi Land Reforms Act, 1954, Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, Delhi Development Act, 1957 and Land Acquisition Act, 1894.
DDA has also approved a system for approval of land pooling proposals or projects and its implementation like online submissions, computerisation of land records under the operationalisation process.
The Authority also approved increase in the ground coverage of motels falling in the air funnel where there are height restrictions from 40 per cent to 50 per cent to facilitate achieving enhanced FAR.
DDA also approved modification in the layout plan of Sector 32, 36, 37 and utilisation of vacant land in Sector 33, Rohini Phase-IV and V for facilitating physical infrastructure like sewage pump station, command tank, 222 KV and 66 KV electric sub-stations.
For land allotment on permanent basis to DMRC for ancillary building, parking shaft, entry-exit shaft, DDA has proposed to change land use from recreational district park, community park, city park to transportation in three pockets known as RKP-I, RKP-IV and RPK-V measuring 3522 sq mtrs on conditions that DMRC shall obtain clearances from forest department and other statutory bodies since the land falls in reserved forest area.
The status would be be confirmed by the Lands Department before handing over the land to the DMRC.
The Authority also approved a proposal for change of land use for seven pockets measuring 32.75 hectares at Mahipalpur village, which belong to government, to facilitate development of cremation ground, fire station, kalyan mandapam and a community centre, a hospital, police post and some area under greening and residential purposes.
Also, DDA allowed change of land use for land measuring 1.56 hectare from residential to public and semipublic facilities for construction of 200-bed hospital at Jwalapuri.
DDA also approved change of land use from residential to public and semi-public facilities of 1.17 hectare land at G Point in Gole Market for proposed super speciality block of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Approval for police station at group housing Pul Prahaladpur was also given by the Authority and land use change for 4000 square metres at Harkesh Nagar and 4000 square metres in Sector 40, Rohini for cremation ground was also cleared.