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    Third ring road unveiled to clear Delhi’s monstrous traffic jams

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    . The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed over a dozen road infrastructure projects
    . To free up Delhi’s notoriously choked roads a third ring road has been suggested
    . A plan to interlink highways and build a web of roads to clear the capital’s traffic congestion is on track

    The capital is gearing up to run circles around its monstrous traffic jams.
    To free up Delhi’s notoriously choked roads, the Centre has chalked out a `50,000- crore plan, including a third ring road.

    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed over a dozen road infrastructure projects, with interconnectivity between national highways converging in Delhi, and new bypass routes as well as elevated corridors.

    To cater for nearly 90 per cent of the traffic entering Delhi via local highways, the agency has proposed development of the Urban Extension Road-2 (UER-2) to interlink four highways – NH-1, NH-10, NH-8 and NH-2 – in two phases.

    Apart from this, the NHAI has suggested a bypass for the Faridabad-bound traffic coming from Karnal and Panipat.

    NHAI chairman Deepak Kumar told Mail Today that the UER-2 has been planned as the third ring road in Delhi to ease the burden on perennially congested arterial roads.
    He said: ‘The NHAI has proposed to take up the work in phase one while phase two will be executed by the Delhi government.

    ‘In the first phase, work will be completed between NH-1 and NH-8 while the second phase will connect NH-8 with NH-10 and NH-2. This will provide an alternate route to traffic coming from these highways in both directions.’
    Officials said the Centre has given an in-principle nod to the city’s decongestion projects.

    The decision was taken at a recent meeting chaired by union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.

    These road projects are in addition to the eastern and western peripheral expressways that are being built to divert heavy goods vehicles from the city.
    Gadkari has also directed the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to resolve all land-related issues to expedite the Capital’s decongestion plan.
    The infrastructure projects include the much-delayed Kalindi Kunj Bypass at an estimated cost of `900 crore.

    The 13-km bypass corridor has been languishing for nearly 24 years but the NHAI wants the project to be taken up on priority.

    Officials said the Kalindi Kunj Bypass will have a 5.5-km elevated road. The bypass, aimed to clear up Ashram Chowk and Mathura Road, hit a roadblock as a part of the land required for the project fell within the jurisdiction of the Uttar Pradesh government’s irrigation department.
    However, the UP government has now agreed to transfer that land to Delhi PWD. The government has also given an in-principle nod to the elevated East-West Corridor connecting Anand Vihar ISBT to Peeragarhi, via ITO and New Delhi railway station.
    This will decongest some of the most crammed stretches of the city – Vikas Marg, ITO, Ajmeri Gate and Karol Bagh, among others.
    The elevated corridor will be nearly 25km long and is likely to incur a cost of `6,000 crore.

    This project will be completed within three years from the date of commencement.
    According to the proposed alignment, the corridor will begin at the Anand Vihar railway station and run parallel to Karkardooma and Vikas Marg in east Delhi.
    In the central part of the city, the corridor will pass through ITO, DDU Marg and New Delhi railway station.

    During the first phase, the corridor will be developed up to Punjabi Bagh and later extended to Peeragarhi and Tikri Border along the NH-10 in west Delhi.
    A flyover connecting New Delhi railway station to Rajghat to free up Ajmeri Gate and Asaf Ali Road and an elevated corridor connecting Badli metro station to Inderlok metro station along the western Yamuna Ccnal have also been proposed.

    The NHAI also wants to widen the Mehrauli-Badarpur corridor at a cost of `700 crore. According to officials, this project was conceived in 2013-14 to tackle the ever-increasing traffic volume on the outer ring road.
    The project has been stuck due to technical reasons and lack of coordination among government agencies.
    The NHAI in its presentation proposed the construction of UER-I to connect Rajokri, Bijwasan, Najafgarh, NH-8, NH-10 and NH-1.
    The DDA has to provide land for the projects. The eastern leg of UER-I will take off from Maa Anandmayee Marg and bypass Mehrauli and Rajokri.
    The second phase of Urban Extension Road (UERII) will connect Vasant Kunj through the existing Dwarka Link Road and Najafgarh linking NH 8, NH 10 and NH 1.
    The NHAI has also suggested speedy completion of the Faridabad –Noida– Ghaziabad (FNG) expressway.

    According to the agency, the outer ring road ends abruptly at Salimgarh Fort by merging with the inner ring road.
    So, there is no bypass for traffic coming from Karnal and Sonepat (NH-1) and Ghaziabad and east Delhi to Faridabad via NH-2.
    Traffic from these areas passes through Ashram and Modi Mill Flyover, creating congestion at these locations.

    In addition to these projects, proposals such as a north-south corridor from Wazirabad to the IGI Airport, extension of the Barapullah elevated road from INA to the airport and extension of Mehrauli-Badarpur Road from NH-2 to Noida Expressway were also discussed.

    Source: Mail Today
    Dated: 16th September 2017


    DDA to involve private players in Delhi Master Plan 2021

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority is mulling adopting the public private partnership model to construct big projects and will focus on engaging individuals to help in the development of projects in Master Plan for Delhi 2021.

    “A critical reform has been envisaged in the prevailing land policy and facilitating public – private partnership,” a senior official observed. The Authority found that there has been a paradigm shift from land acquisition to the requirement of private participation in the acquisition and development process.

    To bring forward this reform, DDA has formulated a draft policy to enable the Planned Development of Privately Owned Lands.

    The policy will enable development of the privately owned land parcels through spatial planning and facilitation of basic infrastructure services, thereby integrating these parcels with the adjoining development.

    The proposed policy will enable private land owners to develop their land holdings in conformity with the land use as per prevailing plans.

    “The draft policy would be placed in public domain to inviting objections/suggestions and, thereafter, the policy would be finalised incorporating the same,” the official said. Reviewing the policies, the DDA found that with time, the need of private participation is growing. Officials noted that to undertake development of the city, private partnerships are much needed.

    Senior officials had discussed the matter with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who also holds the post of Chairman of DDA. During the discussion, the cases where the PPP model will be necessary were taken up. According to sources, Baijal welcomed the idea and asked DDA to make the draft. To formulate the draft policy, the DDA is likely to take help from experts and lawmakers. The DDA official noted that they believe this new initiative will help the Authority to do more good work.

    Source: Millennium Post
    Dated: 14th September 2017




    DDA draft policy for planned development of private plots

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    DDA draft policy for planned development of private plots

    NEW DELHI: Seeking to facilitate public- private partnership, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has formulated a “draft policy” to enable planned development of privately-owned lands, the urban body today said.

    The DDA held its Authority meet today under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal, and took a number of important decisions. The L-G is ex-officio chairman of the DDA.

    The DDA said that Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 1962 was envisaged as a public sector-led process with very little private participation in terms of development of both, shelter and infrastructure services. The same planning process was substantially reiterated in the MPD 2001.

    “Later in MPD 2021, a critical reform has been envisaged in the prevailing land policy and facilitating public-private partnership. And, to bring forward this reform, the DDA has formulated a draft policy to enable planned development of privately-owned lands,” the DDA said.

    This policy will enable development of privately-owned land parcels through spatial planning and facilitation of basic infrastructure services, thereby integrating these parcels with the adjoining development, it said in a statement.

    The draft proposed policy seeks to enable private land owners to develop their land holdings in conformity with the land use, as per the prevailing Master Plan or Zonal Development Plan, and approved layout plan and surrounding scheme with existing development control norms, it added.

    “The draft policy would be placed in public domain for inviting objections and suggestions from the public and, thereafter, the policy would be finalised incorporating the same,” the DDA said.

    The Authority also decided that industrial units or plots with an area of 3000 sqm or above abutting a road of 24 m, right of way and above, shall be eligible for ‘Residential Use (Group Housing)’ as per development control norms of group housing, subject to payment of conversion charges.

    “Required commercial, preferably public and semi-public (PSP) activity for residential population and working space up to 15 per cent of permissible FAR (floor area ratio) shall also be allowed,” the DDA said.

    Based on the Industrial Policy 2010-2021 for Delhi government, which provides for promotion of knowledge-based industries and service sector activities, the Industrial Department/DSIIDC (Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation) had requested for modification in the MPD 2021 for the permissibility of such activities in industrial areas.

    The Authority said, modification in MPD 2021 in the chapter on Industry, knowledge-based industries/service industries like software industry, IT Service, ITES, media, biotechnology/medical, research and development, and design, business and educational services, are proposed to be permitted on industrial plots/areas.

    The amendment to policy for allotment of DDA community halls was also approved.

    “As per the revised policy, community halls within boundaries of housing schemes would be preferably allotted to RWAs of the pocket, if cost of construction is shared by the allottees.

    “However, if the RWA is not willing, these would be allotted to other applicants on licence fee basis. Instead of NGOs, registered societies like government, semi-government, autonomous bodies actively involved in social activities in the area would be eligible for allotment,” the DDA said.

    The decision was taken as some organisations had misused the community halls allotted to them in violation of the provisions and their allotments had been cancelled, the urban body said.

    Source: Economic Times
    Dated: 13th September 2017


    NHAI prepares plan to decongest city traffic

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) today disclosed a detailed plan of the government to decongest city traffic that included connecting all the highways that pass through the national Capital and development of intersections that witness heavy traffic jams every day.

    This was disclosed at a high-level meeting of the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways. Besides Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, the meeting was attended by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

    The NHAI said the ministry has taken a comprehensive exercise for decongestion of arterial road network of the national highways – 1, 2, 8, 10 and 24 – converge at Delhi. The NHAI has taken up comprehensive development of the highways.

    The presentation said that for complete decongestion interconnectivity among highways needs to be improved for which few more roads are required to be developed.
    It said additional road network required to be upgraded include completion of urban extension roads for connectivity between national highways, development of Rangpuri bypass, up gradation of Ashram Chowk-Badarpur section, development of Kalindi Bypass connecting Faridabad-Ballabhgarh bypass and completion of FNG expressway.

    Besides, completion of inner and outer Ring Roads that were planned in 1962, urban extension road proposed in master plan as third Ring Road along with western boundary are also necessary for the traffic decongestion. Alignment of urban extension road connects the highways passing through Dwarka and Najafgarh and extension of Nelson Mandela Road to Badarpur are also important.

    However, the authorities concerned said there are many hindrances while doing all these development works in the capital. The Delhi Development Authority had issued notice to acquire land for this purpose between 2006 and 2007. But the land cannot be acquired so far even after disbursement of compensation to farmers. Some lands are protected under High Court’s order.

    Source: The Tribune
    Dated: 13th September 2017

    DDA starts process to draft next master plan

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    NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority has started the process to prepare the Master Plan for Delhi’s development till 2041. For this, the land-owning agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)

    A proposal in this regard was approved in the authority meeting, chaired by LG Anil Baijal, on Thursday.
    DDA officials said that NIUA has been given 48-months to prepare the guiding framework of planning and growth of Delhi till 2041. “Before drafting the MPD-2041, they (NIUA) will carry out quantitative analysis of various factors like rate of migration, population growth, existing infrastructure, transportations and propose plans keeping in mind the advancement in technology,” said a senior DDA official.

    Sources said that MPD-2041 has to be notified before the present MPD-2021 expires. “The data collected by NIUA would be overlaid on a GIS platform to understand the linkages across various developmental themes in the city. The quantitative understanding will be complemented by a qualitative understanding of the issues through stakeholder consultations with government agencies, academia, sector experts, community groups and civil society organisations,” said a DDA official.

    “The MPD will provide a framework for various sectors like housing, transportation, economy, infrastructure, environment, solid waste management, etc and recommended interventions and intended impact on the sector. The plan, once approved, will be reviewed every five years,” added the DDA official.

    Source: Times of India
    Dated: 21st July 2017

    Decoding the impact of the land pooling policy in Delhi

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    REALITY BITES Experts look at the impact of the policy on property prices, and also its impact on the urban landscape

    NEW DELHI: An update in the Land Pooling Policy (LPP) and the notification allows 89 villages in Delhi to become urban areas. This is expected to increase the supply of residential space. We ask experts about the impact this may have on property prices.

    “Land pooling is the need of the hour for Delhi. The city’s urban landscape was not increasing proportionately to accommodate its ever-increasing population. To address the woes of urban housing, more area is required for urban planning and usage. Delhi government’s recent declaration will help in taking the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) urban LPP forward. While acquiring land for urban development has become a contentious issue with the implementation of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, the state government’s nod is a winwin situation for landowners and the authority. Experts believe that about 40,000 acres will be opened up for planned development, making way for construction of nearly 2.5 million housing units in Delhi,” said Sudhir Pai, chief executive officer, Magicbricks.

    “About 40,000 acres is the total size of Noida; so one can imagine the number of residential units this much area would accommodate. This would also lead to correction in realty prices in the NCR. The implementation of the policy is significant as DDA’s Master Plan Delhi 2021 proposes the construction of 2.5 million housing units by 2021, for which 10,000 hectares of land is required. However, converting village areas into planned urban spaces is a huge task for the authorities. The key to success will be good coordination between DDA, land owners and private developers.”

    “The rebooted LPP can potentially provide a solution to the problems the nodal body faces with regards to acquiring prime land in the city. The biggest issues have been fragmented land holdings and the steep compensation to original landowners as a result of increased land valuations. It can boost the availability of residential projects in the city, where a severe housing shortage exists. The policy can result in greater private participation in the creation of housing in the city,” added Ramesh Nair, chief executive officer & country head, JLL India. “It can potentially unlock land across Delhi to the tune of about 20,000-25,000 hectares. The deployment can also help in keeping residential prices under control. We are looking at a possible revamp of the dynamics governing NCR’s residential market, with an amplification of affordable housing supply. Pertinently, it should be kept in mind that while RERA (Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016) has been notified for NCT of Delhi, homebuyers need to be aware that residential projects are not cleared for launch unless the developer has obtained all approvals and registered the project under RERA. LPP involves land being surrendered and new land allotments being made, and developers can only apply for project approvals after this. Therefore, the city’s homebuyers should be circumspect about signing up for a project by the private developers.”

    According to K. Ravichandran, senior vice-president and group head, corporate ratings, ICRA: “The operationalisation of Delhi’s LPP will result in unlocking of around 55,000 hectares of land. The decision augurs well for people looking for housing. Land pooling offers an opportunity to the landowners to deposit their smaller chunks of land in a central pool to make a bigger and more integrated land parcel. With this, affordable housing will get a fillip in the coming decade and will rationalize prices of real estate as well as rentals. With an estimated 59,835-73,750 hectares in built-up area to be developed, the land pooling will result in increased housing stock. The policy should result in supply of around 9 million dwellings, including for economically weaker sections. NCR’s real estate market is replete with dissatisfied landowners. Through this policy, the approach being adopted is of participative development. A share of the pooled land would be given back to the original landowners, who will develop it for various designated urban uses. Thus the major roadblock in development of land via land acquisition—fair compensation—is likely to be equitably addressed as people partake in the development process. The policy is likely to have a positive impact in the form of increase in housing stock, participative development of landowners, rationalization in prices and rentals and overall pickup in investment and economic activity in the sector.”

    “Delhi NCR is today a sprawling city with vast swathes of land not urbanised. Land pooling is therefore sound urban planning that should lead to a dense core and a more compact region. It will eventually lead to creation of housing stock (including affordable housing) to accommodate city’s increasing population. It will also create supply of millions of square feet of commercial space. However it is too early to analyse its impact on other parts of the NCR. Also, being dispersed across the city, each zone will have its own dynamics,” said Amit Oberoi, national director, knowledge systems, Colliers International India.

    “The magnitude of this proposed development is mostly not appreciated. The area under this development will be larger than the three new cities developed post-independence, i.e. Gandhinagar,ChandigarhandBhubaneswar.”

    It is therefore critical to have a robust plan for creating a holistic master plan for a modern megacity. Many of the tasks that DDA needs to undertake are sequential in nature, from collection of land from promoters, to undertaking the legal due diligence, survey of the land, identifying pockets not aggregated, master planning the area, seeking opinion from all stakeholders on the plan, redistributing the development to the promoters and laying out the infrastructure. DDA will need to adequately staff itself and we recommend, it act as a planning and oversight agency for smooth implementation.

    Source: HT Estates
    Dated: 17th June 2017


    LG Anil Baijal approves infra boost in 95 villages

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    NEW DELHI: Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Friday approved 95 villages to be declared as developed areas. Delhi Development Authority (DDA) can now start implementing the land pooling policy and it will be responsible for development of civic amenities in these villages.

    “This is a major step in the implementation of the land pooling policy for creation of affordable housing units in the capital by harnessing private potential in land assembly and physical and social infrastructure development,” a statement issued by the LG office said.

    According to sources, once the notification is issued, DDA can start the work on land pooling. DDA officials said it would take some time, close to 6-8 months, to to operationalise the policy.
    “We will have to first prepare the standard operating procedure for the implementation of the policy. The land records have to be put in place,” said an official.

    Source: Times Of India
    Dated: 17th June 2017

    Metro Matters: Delhi must look beyond DDA for housing redevelopment

    Category : MPD-2021 News

    Delhi Development Authority, the primary landowner and developer of the city, has failed in its basic duty of providing affordable housing. Land pooling policy will enable residents to partner with private developers to build and sell homes.

    Last week, Delhi moved a step ahead in enforcing the land pooling policy by notifying 89 rural villages as urban. The residents here will now be able to pool their farmlands and partner with private developers to build and sell homes.

    This could be good news for those looking for a legitimate residential address in Delhi. Despite rising incomes, many city dwellers have already been priced out of Delhi into the National Capital Region. Many others have settled for “cheaper” illegal homes in the city’s unauthorised colonies. Clearly, Delhi Development Authority, the primary landowner and developer of the city, failed in its basic duty of providing affordable housing.

    The agency’s policy of locking up huge tracts of land and not developing them held up the housing supply. A study by K Srirangan in 1997 found that this forced buyers to shift to the illegal market where they could pick plots in different sizes, at cheaper rates, in desired time and on flexible payment and construction terms.

    To make matters worse, from 2001 onwards, the DDA stopped building big projects despite a boom in the property market. According to a 2014 working paper by Jatinder S. Bedi for the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), local builders, who didn’t have the sanction to acquire and develop large plots like their counterparts in the NCR, converted single or double storey houses into multi-storey buildings.

    This again helped property dealers more than the final users. While the share of self-owned households increased from 67.4% in 2001 to 69.2% in 2011, property prices increased more than 10 times in a span of fewer than 10 years, the study found.

    The houses under the land pooling policy may not be “affordable” either. “It would have been better for the government to have kept the main supply in its hands and allowed private sector participation to accelerate the development process,” the NCAER paper stated, adding that “the land in these zones had already changed hands before the land pooling policy was made public. The real advantage will not be given to farmers or final users, but will go to large operators.”

    For many years, the DDA was criticised for being too controlling. It now draws flak for becoming too market-oriented. A panel constituted by the NDA government for restructuring the DDA (its report is yet to be made public) recommended that its key functions be handed over to other agencies. This would not only bring back focus but also open up areas for redevelopment.

    Unlike common perception, Delhi doesn’t have too much vacant land to develop new housing units. At least 60% of the city’s area is already built-up. Of the rest, sizeable portions are natural conservation zones and not available for urbanisation.

    Much of Delhi has, anyway, spilled over to the NCR towns. But suburbanisation is problematic if most residents are commuting long distances for work and education. It demands heavy investments in flyovers, expressways and mass-transit, and also leads to increased dependence on private cars.

    The zones identified for land pooling are also on Delhi’s periphery. Some of these areas are not connected to the mass-transit yet. Many others are already water stressed. Not so long ago, the DDA built Vasant Kunj and Dwarka, which got their piped water supply much after they got inhabited. Narela remained a ghost town in the absence of connectivity and other civic facilities.

    To counter suburbanisation, many cities are opting for redevelopment and densification. The current Master Plan also calls for transit-oriented development, dense commercial and residential growth along the new metro corridors, so that people work, live and shop in the same neighbourhoods. This could cover 40% of Delhi’s housing and commercial needs.

    Similarly, illegal colonies and urbanised villages could create 15% additional housing if made liveable. At least 40% of Delhi’s housing needs could be met through the renewal of old areas that are long past their expiry.

    Reviving Delhi is a professional’s job. Instead of leaving it to DDA, the restructuring panel suggests hiring experts and appointing a special purpose vehicle. Now that the land agency is itself in withdrawal mode, it’s time the government made some bold administrative overhaul. Unless it believes that the good, old promise of Roti, Kapda aur Makaan has lost political currency.

    Source: Hindustan Times
    Dated: 22nd May 2017

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