Land pooling policy to be ready soon for Delhi

The land pooling policy should be ready for the National Capital this year itself. This policy has been awaited eagerly and will cater to residential requirements of a whopping 95 lakh individuals of Delhi along with being a major driver of economic progress. The policy should be ready for implementation by the end of April, 2018, as per reports. DDA has already received multiple suggestions for implementation of this policy.

There will be a board of hearing at present and all these suggestions will be carefully heard and examined. Everything will be executed in a lawful manner and abiding by all regulations as per reports. Comments of citizens are already being scrutinized in this regard. Post examination and hearing of all suggestions, the public hearing will be facilitated and the meeting of the DDA will also take up the matter for discussion. Thereafter, post approval, the Government will receive the policy for being notified. This is the procedure to be followed at present according to reports.

The policy has already undergone a round of simplification in end 2017 in order to help execute it speedily. DDA is the primary planner and enabler for this policy. The last date for the receipt of any suggestions and objections from citizens was the 24th of February, 2018. Land pooled under this policy was initially to be transferred under the aegis of the DDA which would be the DE (Developer Entity) and would carry out infrastructure development and sectoral planning. However, the land title will now remain with the original owners of the same.

DDA has also been directed to set up a single window system for clearance in order to facilitate hassle free approvals. The land pooling policy covers five zones of greenfield zones, namely L, J, N, P-II and K-1 as per the 2021 Master Plan for Delhi. FAR has been enhanced to 400 in comparison to the current figure of 150. An extra 15% FAR is also available for the promotion of affordable housing on these lands.

22, 000 hectares could roughly be pooled for catering to 95 lakh individuals. This will also lead to major generation of employment and job creation along with attracting major investments. 60% of the land that is pooled will be given back to the land owners post the development of infrastructure. Affordable homes built under this policy for EWS (economically weaker sections) will be sized between 32-40 sq. metres. Half of the housing inventory will be kept for the Developer Entity for accommodating community staff working for group housing owners and residents. These homes will be constructed at the project site itself or at nearby premises. The other half will be sold off to DDA at a base price of Rs. 2, 000 per sq. ft. for subsequent sale to other parties.