By Priyanka Das, 23 March 2013, New Delhi
Delhi Development Authority finally approved the land pooling policy, which has been under discussion since quite time now. On Friday DDA cleared this policy which will make the land owners and the private developers to play the big players in housing sector. This step is expected to boost the density of housing sector by manifold. It is also been forecasted that 4-5 lakhs housing units likely to emerge in next five to seven years around the entire NCR.
Though the farmers are very disappointed with this decision, as they have lost their integral control over their own land and their lands would get disposed at lower rate. This policy has proven to be an impetus to build many more sub cities like Dwarka, Rohini, and Narela on other urban extension area. This move further allows private developers and land owners to amalgamate lands to build up residential area. The land owners have bifurcated further; the first category land owner can pool minimum 3 hectares to maximum of 20 hectares, 60% out of this will go to DDA for infrastructure development, green belt, and open space. The second category can pool lands beyond 20 hectares, out of the entire 40% would go to DDA for the same purpose. The rest land space the owner can out in either residential EWS category or commercial use.
The Public Account Committee has put an appeal to DDA that religious and charitable places in the capital are being utilized for many commercial usages un-authoritatively, and to vacate these place water and electric supply need to be snapped. Granting their appeal DDA has also decided that this sort of organization would get lands at subsidized price.
After the land has been developed, the land owners can keep a part of this land for themselves and transfer the rest land to DDA, and then DDA will be responsible for structuring infrastructural units on it. The source has also revealed that the skyline will also change drastically, as these future housing units would go up to 30 storeys.
For the time being direct land acquisition will take place between the farmers and DDA. Lack of competent compensation has always been a problem for the farmers. “This move will improve the housing stock and will bring moderation in prices” said the real estate expert from Certes Realty Limited.
The primary and focus for DDA would be to provide more housing units to poor or lower middle class segments of Delhi NCR. As the demand for housing has increased at it par, EWS flats are be given to DDA by the developers at pre-determined price, so that the government can keep the word of promises has been made to the public. Predominantly these EWS flats will be meant for those who are providing public services.
DDA has also claimed that this policy welcomed wider public participation to support transparency in the land pooling policy and any suggestions and objections from the citizens might have.