NEW DELHI: Land pooling in Delhi, expected to meet the rising demand for residential and other needs besides stimulating economic growth is now further simplified for speedy execution. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now act more as a facilitator and planner as against the role initially envisaged for it as a part of simplification of execution of land pooling policy.
Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal met and discussed various aspects of the Policy and decided to make some changes in the policy.
Originally, land pooled under the Policy was to be transferred to DDA which was to act as the Developer Entity (DE) and undertake further sectoral planning and development of infrastructure in the pooled land. The Minister and LG on Thursday decided to do away with this requirement and land title continues to be with the original land owners.
DDA was asked to immediately initiate spatial and services planning for the five zones covered under Land Pooling Policy so that the policy could be given immediate effect after finalization of regulations under the Policy.
While both the Minister and LG expressed concern over delay in implementing Land Pooling Policy, DDA was directed to formulate necessary regulations under the Policy in accordance with the changes in a month time.
About 22,000 hectares of land is expected to be pooled which could meet the needs of about 95 lakh people. Land pooling would catalyse economic, social and civic development of the national capital besides triggering substantial investments and employment generation.
Under the Land Pooling Policy, 60% of pooled land would be returned to land owners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48% if the land pooled is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60% of returned land, 53% will be for residential purpose, 5% for city level commercial use and 2% for Public and Semi-public use. In the other case, the same would be 43%, 3% and 2% respectively.