DDA gears up to reclaim its land from mafia
DDA has about 70,000 acres of land in Delhi
Oct 18, 2014
Source : The Times of India
Delhi Development Authority


NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority has started a campaign to not only reclaim its land parcels in the city, but also curb growing encroachment. Officials said the idea behind the move is also aimed at preventing the possibility of collusion between DDA employees and land mafia by making all records public.

Encouraged by the Union urban development ministry, Delhi Development Authority officials are busy conducting a survey to identify land parcels, whose details would be collated and uploaded on their website.

A senior authority official said that the survey is likely to be finished in one month. DDA has about 70,000 acres of land in Delhi.

Senior officials said the challenge is to save public land managed by DDA not only from mafia who grab and sell it but also from authority officials who may be trying to strike deals with land grabbers. "We want to curb such illegal deals by making all land records public. Now that these records will be available in the public domain, anybody looking to collude with land grabbers would have to think twice," said a senior authority official.

Around 1,500 such land parcels have been identified so far, the official added. In their most recent survey, DDA identified 2,000 acres of its land to have been encroached by mafia. Encroachments have happened mostly in the form of small unauthorized commercial establishments and unauthorized residential colonies. "Even this figure (of land encroached upon) will keep changing because of the battle we are into with areas that get encroached every few days and demolition exercises conducting by us," the senior official said.

The official added that the most recent threats perceived on are on 500 acres in Rohini's sectors 40 and 41. "We want to develop about 25,000 flats there, but since the whole pocket is surrounded by an unauthorized colony we are constantly monitoring this land parcel through satellite maps. We are trying to speed up development on this land so that the threat of encroachment gets taken care of automatically," said the official.

Last week DDA had announced constituting its own security force to protect its land, apart from discharging other duties. The force will have three wings — Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), Permanent Land Protection Force (PLPF) and Yamuna Protection Force (YPF) — with the commissioner (land management) acting as the land protection officer. The job of the team would be to maintain round-the-clock vigil on DDA land, prevent encroachment and demolish unauthorized construction.

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