On June 25th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched three nationwide initiatives, namely Smart Cities Mission, Housing for All, and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). These initiatives are a part of the current government’s plan to provide housing for all citizens of the country by the year 2022. The Smart Cities Mission will develop 100 Indian cities as smart cities and the AMRUT mission has been designed to rejuvenate 500 other Indian towns and cities. The prestigious Rs.48,000 crore smart-city project in Delhi is a part of these programs. Delhi Development Authority is going to introduce land pooling policy to give shape to this ambitious project. Here’s how Delhi will benefit from the land pooling policy and the smart city project.
Creation of Houses
Delhi’s biggest problem lies in its unplanned urbanisations. Delhi Development Authority or DDA has been unsuccessful in acquiring even a single additional plot to build houses. Therefore, DDA has introduced the land pooling policy, which will unlock 20,000 to 24,000 hectares of land, thereby creating 24 lakh houses.
Great Opportunity for Low Income Houses
Through land pooling, interested owners will give up their lands to DDA, and 48 percent or 60 percent of their property will be returned to them. The rest will be handed over by DDA to developers who will create houses and commercial buildings on these lands.
This is a great way of developing new houses for the increasing population, especially for low income households. If executed properly, Delhi might soon get rid of slum areas.
Better Use of Lands
Some areas in Delhi have inefficient land management. The land pooling policy will ensure that unused lands are properly covered and developed for creating residential complexes.
Rs 48,000 crore has been allotted for developing smart cities on the outskirts of Delhi. Dwarka, Rohini, and Narela are the areas, which fall under this scheme. These three areas will be developed as smart sub-cities. DDA plans to develop these areas by integrating plots surrendered by landowners.
The area will be developed in accordance with an authorized blueprint. There are nine land-usage categories namely, residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, utility, public and semi-public facility, and recreational.
The proposed smart cities will have world class infrastructure and facilities. It will have uninterrupted power and water supply along with high speed wifi connectivity. Entertainment parks in the likes of Disney World and Universal Studios are also in the pipeline. Apart from this, schools, hospitals, commercial complexes, and parking lots are some of the primary highlights of this project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the government is keen on attracting foreign direct investment and private real estate developers for developing the smart city projects. However, he stressed on the fact that the decision on the design and infrastructure of the city will solely depend on its residents and state governments. According to Modi, the initiatives mark a paradigm shift, providing a people-centric approach to create world class urban spaces.
Therefore, the private developers and investors cannot dictate their plans on the development of the smart cities.
The authorities involved in the project are determined to make the smart cities self-sustainable. Residential and commercial complexes will run on renewable energy. The concept will emphasize better waste management by implementing energy efficiency and water conservation methods.
The capital city of India is soon going to be the first smart city of the country and it will attract investors, foreign tourists, and raise the standard of living of its residents.
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