Land Pooling Policy Awaits the Approval of Delhi Government

The Land Pooling Policy of the DDA has been hanging fire as the Delhi Government is yet to notify several villages as urbanized villages and as development areas. The Union Urban Development Ministry had on May 26 last year approved the five modifications to the said policy, but there has been no move thereafter with AAP government. It is yet to issue a notification to affirm 95 villages as development areas and 89 of them as urban villages.

In this regard, the housing agency had previous demands the city government to subject a notification and subsequently sent reminders but had received no response. Both these requests are pending with the government in advanced stages. Land Pooling Policy seeks to make landowners associates in the development and is alienated into two categories of pooling – Category, I for land 20 hectares and above and Category II for 2 hectares to less than 20 ha. In the first category, the developer entity will have 60 per cent share, while the DDA will keep 40 per cent. In 2nd category, the developer will have 48 per cent share whereas the DDA will retain 52 per cent.

The policy is applicable in the proposed urbanized areas of the outer Delhi for which zonal plans have been accepted, and the urban village status to 89 villages will supersede the provisions of Delhi Reforms Act. The policy’s implementation assumes significance as the DDA’s MPD 2021 proposes building 25 lakh housing units by 2021 for which 10,000 hectare will be requisite. As per the DDA estimates, 2.5 lakh houses, including 50,000 EWS units, will require 1,000 hectare. Subsequently, 11 lakhs EWS units will be delivered in land pooling zones.

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