In a chat with the DDA Vice chairman, some questions were put up before him.
Farmers want to know why they should surrender their land. To which the VC said “That the land which the farmers will get back will be like pot of gold. They’ll get fully developed pieces of residential land. They can sell it and earn a huge profit. Or they also have an option to get into an agreement with the land developer, who will help them in selling the residential places.”
External Development Charge (ECD) may discourage many people from giving up possession of their land. The VC didn’t agree with this statement. He said “It is due to this reason there’s an option of waiving off the EDC by giving 8% of the developed land. People are even aware of the prices prevailing. So the prices offered by the DDA under EDC are Rs2500 per sqft. Such rates can be considered cheap in Delhi.”
The policy can be connected with the smart city concept. Delhi will be a smart city and it will also create many smart sub-cities. The DDA will be providing the basic infrastructure needed in the area. Each of the aspect will be designed on the basis of Smart City norms. For example Ensuring 24X7 water supply will be a tough challenge.
Siddharth Wadhwa is a student of Mass communication from the Jamia Milia Islamia university, and a keen policy watcher for the Urbaniaztion of Delhi. He also is interning with one of the leading organizations with core competence on MPD 2021