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In a bid to meet the rising demand for residential, commercial and other needs besides to stimulate economic growth, the Centre on Thursday further simplified the land pooling policy (LPP) for Delhi.
Under the new LPP, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has decided to restrict the role of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to a facilitator and planner from a developer. Earlier, the DDA acted not only as the Developer Entity (DE) and undertook further sectoral planning and development of infrastructure in the pooled land but also took the land’s ownership title.
This resulted in people refusing to part with their lands under the LPP. Under the new LPP policy meant for private developers and land owners, the land owners will retain their ownership title.
The decision was taken at a meeting between Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri and Delhi Lt-Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday. “The DDA was also directed to formulate necessary regulations under the LPP in accordance with the changes in a month’s time. The DDA was asked to ensure single window clearance mechanism for according necessary approvals for speedy implementation,” said sources, adding Narela, Najafgarh and Bawana could benefit the most from this policy.
Under the policy, 60 per cent of pooled land would be returned to land owners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48 per cent if the land is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60 per cent of returned land, 53 per cent will be for residential purpose, 5 per cent for city level commercial use and 2 per cent for Public and Semi-public use. In the other case, the same would be 43 per cent, 3 per cent and 2 per cent respectively.
The LPP is aimed at getting individuals or a group of land-owners - living in urban villages on Delhi’s periphery - to pool their land for infrastructure development. This is done to develop and bring out the potential of housing and infrastructure to reduce the load on the existing congested and saturated areas of Delhi.
The land pooling policy was notified by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in September 2013 while the regulations for operationalisation of the policy were approved in May 2015 by the Ministry.
However, the policy was stuck over a few demands by the Delhi Government on getting 10 per cent of the pooled land to develop hospitals and schools.
Under the policy, 89 villages have been declared as urban areas under the Delhi Municipal Act, 1957 and 95 villages as Development Areas, as required for the implementation of land pooling. The areas of these villages have been divided in five zones - L, N, P-II, K-I and J. The land parcels for development fall west, north-west, south, south-west and north Delhi. Zone N is the best as it is close to NH-10 and water table is also available of 40-60 feet. Zone N covers an area of 13,975 hectares and includes villages like Kanjhawla, parts of Bawana, Chandpur, Salahpur Majra, and so on. Zone L has also the largest pocket with an area of 22,840 hectares and includes parts of Najafgarh, Bawana, Dichaon Kalan and, Qazipur.
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