DDA set for a revamp from developer to regulator
The urban development ministry set up a 14-member committee to revisit and redraft the Delhi Development Act, 1957
Mar 03, 2015
Source : The Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is set for a revamp - from its present role as a developer to that of a "regulator/ facilitator".

Over five decades after it was set up to create housing stock in the national capital, the urban development ministry on Monday set up a 14-member committee to revisit and redraft the Delhi Development Act, 1957. 

The move is part of the ministry's plan to reassess DDA's role in the context of Delhi's diverse and emerging developmental needs. 

"The committee will assess the adequacy of the provisions of the Delhi Development Act, 1957 and the role of DDA and suggest measures to be taken to enable DDA play the role of a facilitator and regulator," an official release said. 

The panel will hold discussions with all the stakeholders so as to suggest the best possible urban planning and development strategies to enable the national capital emerge as a world class city through enhanced investments, the release said. The committee will submit its draft report in three months. 

The committee will be headed by former home secretary Madhukar Gupta, who was also vice-chairman of DDA. Besides officials from the UD ministry, the panel will also have former officials of DDA and administrative heads of the municipal bodies. 

Section 2(d) of Delhi Development Act defines 'development' as 'carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land or the making of any material change in any building or land and included development'. 

Section 3(2) of the Act defined DDA as "The authority with the power to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable and to contract".


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