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DDA set to clear plan for housing projects in outer Delhi
Source: Times Of India
Dated: 15th Jan 2014

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority is close to clearing a plan that could open up new areas in the city for housing projects. DDA’s board of directors last week decided to take up final public suggestions on the move before it clears the proposal, probably in its next meeting.

The move, which will finally have to be cleared by the Centre and involves amending the master plan 2021, is expected to boost residential real estate development in outer Delhi regions such as Kanjhawala, Najafgarh, Burari, Ghitroni and Bawana.

The plan is to allow residential units along ‘facility corridors’ earmarked in the MPD 2021 for urban extension. These corridors, part of the larger Transit Oriented Development (TOD) of the capital, were originally meant to be commercial and recreational centres, and strictly non-residential.

The move is said to have the backing of Union urban development minister Kamal Nath. Officials from the planning department said DDA is now close to finalizing the process of amending the MPD to include residential development in these corridors. The proposal had been approved by the committees reviewing the master plan and was put up for suggestions and objections from the public.

According to senior planning officials at DDA, the proposal was likely to have been passed unopposed but then the authority decided to again review the objections and suggestions it had received. “It was decided that suggestions and objections to the proposal will be taken up before deliberation on the proposal is made in the authority’s next meeting,” said a planning department official.

“The proposal will now be deliberated and in all likelihood passed in the board’s next meeting,” the official said.

Senior officials say 247 objections and suggestions have come to DDA so far. Among the suggestions being considered is a proposal to increase the FAR of the community centre and district centre to bring it at par with the commercial centre in developed areas with 250 FAR.

The amendment required for the plan to be implemented is in MPD 2021’s chapter 5 — Trade and Commerce — where the term ‘non-residential’ in para 5.7.1 will be changed to ‘residential’ in the definition of land usage in the facility corridor. Other land usages defined the corridors are commercial, recreational, public, semi-public, utilities, service and repair.


L-G approves regulations, land pooling to be operational soon
Source: Indian Express
Dated: 11th Jan 2013

The land pooling policy, which envisages voluntary assembly of land by land owners, will be implemented soon, with the Lt-Governor having approved regulations required for operationalising the policy.

“The regulations will be notified soon and will be put up on the DDA website for inviting objections and suggestions. The proposal includes creation of land pooling cell, posts and budget for administrative expenditure, declaration of 95 villages as development area and 88 villages as urban villages,” a DDA official said.

The modalities for implementing enhanced FAR as contained in Master Plan Delhi-2021 were also approved. “The new regulations permits construction up to 17.5 metres as opposed to 15 metres with provision for stilt parking in the building,” the official added.

The Lt-Governor directed that the quality of construction of DDA flats be looked into so that there are no complaints and there is increased consumer satisfaction. He also emphasized the need for streamlining the system of conversion of property from leasehold to freehold so that there is no inconvenience to the general public and no delays.

“The L-G advised that timelines for disposal of each department be fixed and monitored so that there are no delays or coordination problems in conversion cases,” an official said.


DDA forms cell for land pooling
Source: Times of India
Dated: 11th Jan 2014

NEW DELHI: The city has got a cell to implement and monitor the land pooling policy. The decision was taken at the DDA’s board meeting on Friday. In addition, the Delhi government has been given 60 flats in CWG Village, a cause of friction with the land-owning agency last year. Addressing another major concern, the conversion of property from leasehold to freehold-the LG asked Delhi Development Authority to prepare a timeline for all the departments concerned so that delays and any irregularity can be tracked easily.

DDA had 711 flats in the village and had reserved several flats for the petroleum, finance and power ministries as well as National Green Tribunal last year. Of the 168 remaining flats, DDA had decided to allot 60 to the Delhi government. The LG has also asked DDA to monitor the quality of flats under construction.

The land pooling policy, which has been aggressively promoted by the urban development ministry, got a step closer to realization with the creation of a land pooling cell. “The regulations circulated earlier will be publicized and notified besides putting them up on the DDA website for feedback. The meeting saw the formation of a cell, creation of posts, the budget for administrative expenditure and declaration of 95 villages as development areas and declaration of 88 villages as urban villages,” said a senior DDA official.

On the LG’s direction, DDA had computerized the process of converting a property from leasehold to freehold, but the process is riddled with problems and thought to be major source of corruption. Najeeb Jung asked DDA to assign a timeline to each department.

The board of directors approved a change in the land use of 1.9 hectares from ‘recreational’ to ‘utility’ at Dhaula Kuan to facilitate construction of a relay station for Mukandpur – Yamuna Vihar Corridor Line-7 in DMRC network. DDA officials said modalities for operationalizing enhanced FAR as contained in MPD-2021, were also approved.


DDA invites feedback on Master Plan 2021 modifications
Source: Indian Express
Dated: 26th September 2013

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has invited public suggestions and objections for modifications in Master Plan 2021 including highrise buildings.

“Buildings taller than 15m (without stilt) and 17.5m (including stilt) in all use zones will be considered as highrise buildings”, according to the notification. There is no provision for highrise buildings under the present Master Plan.

The notice further states that rooftops will be allowed to be used for construction of swimming pool, landscaping and related structures.

Other modifications for which suggestions and objections have been invited include change in the definition of hotel. This has been revised to “a premise having minimum 10 lettable rooms for lodging and boarding of 15 persons or more on short/long-term basis.”

The scope of activities permitted in hotels has been widened to include service apartments and residential units with or without transfer of ownership rights. Commercial offices, retail and service shops have been increased from 20% to 30% of floor area in hotels.

In international convention centres, the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) has been increased from 120 to 250 and the ground coverage has been increased from 30% to 60%. Also, hotels and related activities have been allowed in 40% of floor area.

“Public can respond to the notice within a period of 45 days,” an official said.

In the case of international convention centres being constructed in plots of four hectares or more, the FAR shall be reduced by 10% and ground coverage by 5% for every 10 hectare increase. The minimum limit for FAR shall be 120% and ground coverage will be 30%.

Also, specific heritage complexes within the Walled City of Shahjahanabad and Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone have been nominated by the government for inscription as ‘Imperial Cities of Delhi in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Cities’. This modification is also proposed to be made in the chapter conservation of built heritage in the Master Plan.

Vocational training centres such as IT/polytechnic have been allowed on individual residential plots of 1,000 sqm and above.


Government promises visionary Master Plan for Delhi
Source: NDTV Profit

New Delhi: A bill providing for streamlining of development of Delhi was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday with the government promising to put in place a “visionary” plan keeping in mind the requirements of next 25 years.

Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said the second phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) was also under preparation and it would take into consideration the “shortcomings” encountered in phase one.

Replying to a debate on The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Bill, 2011 during which members rued that adequate attention was not being paid to Delhi, the Minister admitted that coordination among multiple civic agencies was lacking and a thought needed to be given to the demand for granting full statehood to Delhi.

Nath acknowledged that by the time the blueprint of development of Delhi in the form of Master Plan was ready, “it gets old” because of other developments overtaking it. “That is why, this time I have asked Parliament to give me three years to prepare appropriate Master Plan,” he said responding to concerns voiced by members over deteriorating civic amenities and misdeeds in the functioning of agencies like Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority and New Delhi Municipal Council.

He said the Master Plan 2021, which is under preparation, will have the “vision” for 25 years. “It has to be visionary, keeping next 25 years in mind.” Nath described rapid urbanisation as a challenge and talked about the need for finding a solution to illegal and unauthorised constructions.

In this context, he said the proposal of constructing one lakh housing units for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) was not enough and these needed to be doubled.

The bill aims at preventing sealing and demolition of a large number of unauthorised structures in Delhi till December31, 2014, which Kamal Nath said would end the “fear psychosis” in the capital.

The Urban Development Minister said he was aware of the complaints against the Monitoring Committee and said these would be addressed.

The bill seeks to maintain the status quo up to 2014-end with regard to unauthorised colonies including village abadis (settlements) and their extensions, storages, warehouses, and godowns for farm produce beside some other categories.

Commercial establishments operating illegally in farm houses and other places in nearly 400 rural areas and urbanised villages of Delhi are expected to get a reprieve after the enactment of the proposed bill.

It is intended to help facilitate long-term planning for providing basic infrastructure in these colonies.

The bill, enacted in 2008, was extended in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Referring to the preparation of the Master Plan by DDA, Kamal Nath said such projects are usually prepared in offices without reflecting the ground reality.He said after receiving the report from the DDA, he had formed an Apex Committee to examine it. The document will be put on website to invite suggestions.

Admitting lack of coordination among various civic agencies, the Urban Development Minister said a serious effort is being made to correct it.


Lal dora plan to push up realty rates
Source:Times of India
Dated: 17th June 2013

NEW DELHI: A day after the Delhi government announced a policy to allow the extension of lal dora land, real estate dealers in areas like Ayanagar, Ghitorni, Sultanpur and Chhatarpur have started sniffing a windfall. If all goes well, they expect an instant increase of 20% in real estate rates from the day registration of the properties starts.

The real boom, however, will begin once the municipal corporation starts sanctioning the building plans.

The areas are realty hotspots for their proximity to Gurgaon and South Delhi.

“Once the government opens registration of the extended lal dora properties, it will give the area a legal stamp, which will immediately increase property rates drastically,” Rajan Siddiqui of Choice Associates, a Vasant Kunj based property broker firm, said.

On Saturday, at a mega event at Talkatora Stadium, chief minister Sheila Dikshit announced her government’s decision to restrict the use of Section 81 of Delhi Land Reforms Act for enabling regularization of construction, sale, purchase and registration of land by residents in hundreds of urban villages and regularized unauthorized colonies. She also conveyed the decision to extend the lal dora norms to constructions in the areas beyond the designated boundary of such villages. In some villages the lal dora land was last extended in 1908. The move will have no impact on farmhouses and agricultural land in rural villages.

Siddiqui said last year, many people invested in village areas, which on implementation of the policy would become part of extended lal dora. Siddiqui said one of his clients bought land in Chattarpur village last March for Rs 35,000 per square yard. Now, the same land can fetch Rs 1 lakh.

Siddiqui’s example is considered the best case scenario. Sudheer Tanwar of KSB Properties in Chattarpur said the decision would raise prices by 10%-20 % at the most. “In case of a property deal, many factors count, such as location and paperwork,” Tanwar said.

“Once the corporation relaxes norms for sanctioning building plans, those with well-paying jobs in Gurgaon will find it easier to secure loans. This will increase property prices,” said Kuldeep Chaudhary, a Sultanpur-based property dealer.

Sources said the villages that would benefit most are Chhattarpur, Sultanpur, Asola, Bhatti, Fathehpur Beri, Satpadi, Sahurpur, Aaya Nagar, Maidangarhi and Rajpur Khuld. Every dealer said the real figures will only come up after the policy is implemented which can take more than a year. “It is just an announcement. The government has asked villagers to submit maps of extended abadi which will take a few months. After that, the government will begin scrutiny, which can take over a year,” said a property dealer.

A few others said that with elections due later this year, the policy may remain only on paper until the new government starts functioning. “In the last assembly elections, Delhites were given a similar sop in the form of provisional certificates for unauthorized colonies, which got a regularization tag only last year. Residents, this time, may wait for implementation before they buy or sell,” said property dealer Harbhajan Tanwar.


Farmhouse policy in conflict with law: Govt
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 5th June 2013

The Delhi government has taken strong exception to the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) new policy of allowing construction of ‘country homes’ on plots as small as one acre.

Government sources said the ‘new farmhouse policy’ is in contravention of the Delhi Land Reforms Act 1954 — which prevents fragmentation of agricultural land in the city.

The DDA had cleared 27 villages, mostly located on the periphery of the Capital, identified as low-density residential areas, allowing farmhouses on an area of minimum one-acre under the name of ‘country homes’.

By doing so, it reduced the earlier mandatory requirement of minimum 2.5 acres for such development.

The floor area ratio of these farmhouses was also increased. These 27 villages include Satbari, Chattarpur, Fatehpur Beri, Asola, Kapashera, Ghitorni, Rangpuri and Bijwasan. As soon as the DDA came up with the policy, land prices in these villages went up and are likely to spike further after the final notification.

The proposal is now pending with the Union ministry of urban development for final ratification.

The ministry will notify the new policy. Even as DDA’s new policy awaits final notification from the government, the L-G (who is also the chairman of the DDA) has asked the divisional commissioner of Delhi to “issue instructions to the district revenue authorities” not to initiate punitive action against any such farmhouses.

Senior officials in the L-G office, however, claimed that proper procedure has been followed while framing the policy, including inviting suggestions and objections from public.

“The Delhi Land Reforms Act is an law framed by Parliament and no policy can supersede the  law unless amendments are made by the legislature. The administrative instructions that have come from the L-G office imply that the revenue department should turn a blind eye to illegalities. We have already informed the L-G office that it cannot be done and we are now taking up the matter with the Delhi Chief Minister,” said a source.

As per the prescribed revenue norms, if an agricultural piece of land is fragmented below an optimum limit, the revenue officials — under Section 81 of the Delhi Land Reforms Act, 1954 — can issue notice to the land owner. Such land can even be invested to the Gram Sabha or the common land of the village.

Sources said the new policy can easily be challenged in a court of law.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation had also objected to the new farmhouse policy, alleging that it was an attempt to usurp the civic body’s authority over the farmhouses.   


Fancy a farmhouse? DDA clears 27 villages for country homes
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 9th May 2013

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has paved the way for the construction of one-acre ‘country homes’ in the capital.

In the authority’s meeting on Wednesday, the final approval was given to 27 villages that had been identified as ‘low density residential area’. These villages, located mostly on the periphery of the Capital, were declared as ‘development area’ to ensure overall integrated development of urbanisable area in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021 — under the new land pooling policy as well as for development of farmhouses and country homes.

DDA had earlier allowed farmhouses on an area of minimum one-acre under the name of ‘country homes’, reducing the earlier mandatory requirement of minimum 2.5 acres. The Floor Area Ratio of these farmhouses was also increased. Thanks to the DDA’s proposal, land prices in these villages had already increased and are now expected to spike further after the final approval.

This proposal was approved by the authority subject to conditions such as that it will exclude the area falling under regional park and green belt. Also the jurisdiction of identified unauthorised colonies, which are being regularised by Delhi government and development of village abadi areas, shall be only as per village development plan.

With the civic bodies raising a hue and cry over collection of regularisation charges from existing farmhouses by the DDA, it has been decided that the funds shall be shared by the DDA and corporations as per the modalities decided by the Central government.

In the meeting, 25 modifications in the under review MPD 2021 were approved and sent to the urban development ministry for final notification. These include policy for motels, policy for multi-disciplinary clinics for persons with learning disability, policy for temporary cinemas, policy on private public participation in land assembly development, policy for legalisation of godowns in non-conforming areas, etc. These proposals are at various stages of finalisation with some of them such as motels and farmhouses already notified. A new chapter in the MPD-2021 is being added on transit-oriented development and the chapter on environment is being redrafted.

South civic body claims DDA trying to usurp its authority over farmhouses
New Delhi: Leader of the House in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation Subhash Arya on Wednesday opposed the decision taken by the high-powered committee of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to declare farmhouses in villages of low-density areas as “development area”.

Arya said the Mayor, chairman of the standing committee, leader of the House and leader of the Opposition of the South civic body had met the Lieutenant-Governor and opposed this decision. He alleged that the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Delhi were trying to usurp all the rights and powers of the civic bodies.

“We want our jurisdiction over these farmhouses and revenue generated by them back. The DDA’s decision taken under the chairmanship of urban development minister is a gimmick by the Congress to weaken the corporations financially,” Arya said. He also said that if the DDA will not release funds, then the BJP will work out ‘’other options’’ for protesting the decision. 


DDA to build five new sub-cities in Capital
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 22nd April 2013

In a few years, Delhi is expected to get five new sub-cities on the lines of Dwarka and Rohini, thanks to the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) new land-pooling policy.

Since 1961, DDA’s policy has been to acquire large tracts of land to develop housing but that approach hasn’t been able to meet the city’s soaring demand for affordable housing. The land-pooling policy allows developers or large landholders to pool in land for development and get back a share in lieu of it.

“The reason we have been unable to develop the new sub-cities is the shortage of land. Acquiring land is a long and problematic process and that is where land pooling could help,” said a senior DDA official who didn’t wish to be named.

In the last decade, the DDA has been able to provide just 25,000 housing units approximately for a city with a population of 1.67 crore. The new sub cities are expected to provide housing to about 70 lakh more people.

According to the land-pooling policy, private developers will be able to retain 40% of developed land (for areas between 3 hectares and 20 hectares) and 60% of land (for areas above 20 hectares). “The land owners and developers will be able to get back developed land that they can further sell or use, as long as they adhere to the regulations. We expect large number of land owners to come forward, which would provide an impetus for the development of new sub cities,” he said.

The DDA has come out with a public notice recently, asking for suggestions or objections on the new policy. These would go to a board of enquiry and then come back for approval to the authority, after which it will have to be approved by the Urban Development Ministry and notified.

As per the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, zones A to H are urban areas and zones J to P (I and II) are earmarked as urban extension areas or rural areas. 


Land prices soar as farmhouses in Delhi see real estate boom
Source: Business Standard
Dated: 20th April 2013

The prices of land on the outskirts of Delhi, where farmhouses are permitted, have soared 50-100 per cent through the past year. The rise in prices was triggered by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA)’s proposal to allow farmhouses with floor area of an acre (4,840 sq yards), against the previous requirement of at least 2.5 acres. DDA also proposed the floor-area ratio (FAR) limit be raised by a third.

FAR is the total square feet of a building divided by the total square feet of the plot the building is located on. An FAR of two means the total floor area of a building is two times the gross area of the plot on which it is located.

The proposals have put farmhouses in direct competition with independent houses in some of the posh localities in Delhi, including Shanti Niketan/West End, Golf Links, Jor Bagh and Sunder Nagar.

Ramesh Menon, director, Certes Realty, said, “In some villages, prices have doubled, while in others, it has gone up by at least 50 per cent in the last one year.” In fact, the price appreciation started even before the DDA proposals were announced. Expecting these announcements, investors had started buying land, Menon said, adding in the next one year, prices were expected to further increase by up to 50 per cent.

In recent months, the number of deals for one-acre plots has also seen a rise.

Several plots would be made available by the government in Zone N (Northwest), with 10 villages, and Zone L (Southwest), with 27 villages. In Zone N, prices stand at Rs 1.5-3 crore an acre, depending on the location. In Zone L, prices are Rs 2.5-6 crore an acre. Farmhouses are located in other zones, too.

In Gurgaon, land/farmhouses on Sohna Road cost Rs 3-3.5 crore an acre; in a few locations, prices stand at Rs 1.5 crore an acre. In comparison, an independent house in Golf Links/Jor Bagh and Sunder Nagar costs Rs 1.1-1.35 crore a sq yard, a rise of 63-86 per cent compared with the prices in 2010, according to data by international real estate research firm CBRE.

While the new one-acre farmhouses, referred to as ‘country homes’, would be allowed a higher FAR of 20, this could be further increased after paying additional charges.

Sumit Jain, chief executive and co-founder of, said, “The one-acre farmhouse would become the preferred choice for people who want to have second homes and, of course, for investors. We have seen a lot of demand from NRIs (non-resident Indians) for these one-acre plots.” He added many property agents/brokers were entering this business and buying land for reselling, as demand was expected to rise.

Though Zone L was an investment hotspot, investors would face hurdles related to electricity, water and roads in the new areas allocated in the green belt, he said.

About 2,500 farmhouses developed before February 2007 and exceeding the construction limit would be regularised, after penalties were paid for these. “All existing farmhouses in the proposed urban extension area that had come up prior to February 7, 2007, but accorded after that date by the regulatory authority shall be regularised and re-designated as country homes,” DDA had said.

Though some experts feel prices in south Delhi might come under stress, owing to direct competition with one-acre farmhouses, many think as farmhouses cater only to a niche segment, there won’t be any impact on prices of properties in south Delhi. Manish Mehta, vice-president, IndiaHomes, said, “Farmhouses cater to a niche segment, not to all. Prices also depend on the demand-supply situation. The price points for this segment are still on the higher side.”

Experts said one-acre farmhouses would primarily be second homes or weekend getaway options for many and, therefore, it wasn’t correct to compare the prices of these properties with those in south Delhi.


Plot owners to abide by new green norms
Source: Times of India
Dated: 16th April 2013

Owners of plots of size 3,000 sq m and above will soon have a list of mandatory provisions to abide by. Management action groups have proposed an amendment to the Master Plan 2021 wherein local bodies need to ensure that building plans for such plots have a number of environment-friendly features in place. In addition, DDA is toying with the idea of giving additional ground coverage and incentive FAR upto 5% depending on the number of provisions made in the building plan while at the same time, imposing a penalty against non-enforcement.

The current Master Plan has no such provision and MACs in the advisory group meeting held some weeks ago have suggested the modifications to be followed by developing agencies. Recycling of treated waste water with separate lines for potable water and recycled water and introduction of dual piping system is one the main features proposed for layout plans. Ground water recharge through rain water harvesting, conserving water bodies and regulating groundwater abstraction are also on the list. Some of the others are treated sewage water effluent should be recycled for non-potable uses like gardening, washing of vehicles, cooling towers etc. Utilities such as underground water storage tank, roof top water harvesting system, separate dry and wet dustbins are some more of the recommendations.

MACs have also said that all hospitals, commercial, industrial, hotels, restaurants, auto workshops etc will have to make arrangements for primary effluent treatment within the plot. Provision of cavity walls, atriums, shading devices in buildings will be encourage to make them energy efficient.. Solar heating devices will be provided on all plots with roof area of 300 sq m and above,” said sources. In order to encourage compliance of the features, 1% to 4% extra ground coverage on each plot is proposed to be given as an incentive by local bodies depending on the number of provisions made in the layout plans. In exceptional cases, even 5% FAR may be permitted,” said sources. The incentives are said to be based on the rating criteria prescribed by ‘Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment’ for Green buildings. In the case of non-compliance, after obtaining the occupancy certificate, penalty at the market rate shall be levied for incentive FAR by the land owning agency,” said a source.

Officials say Delhiites who avail land pooling policy or large farmhouse owners will all be affected by this. The modifications will be come up for hearing in the next DDA meeting after which it will be processed for objections and suggestions. Sources said the Master Plan review was on the fast-track and even the time period for objections and suggestions had been cut from the usual practice of 90 days to 45 days as with the recent landpooling policy of the new farmhouse policy. DDA is targeting completing the review of the Master Plan by June-July this year.



DJB plans 9,500-km sewage network in Outer Delhi
Source: India Express
Dated: 16th April 2013

For the Poor Stagnant waste water causes major health issues in these areas, Jal Board says project to cost Rs 25,000 crore.

As many as 9,500 km of pipelines will be needed to connect unauthorised colonies in Outer Delhi to the city’s sewage network, according to Delhi Jal Board. DJB officials estimated that it could take many years and around Rs 25,000 crore to bring proper sewage facilities to these colonies, home to around 45 per cent of Delhi’s population.

A draft sewer master plan, expected to be released in a few months, maps where people live in the Capital and what sort of factors need to be considered in order to build a sewage network in areas that don’t have one.

“We’ve done a full survey of all areas without sewage system in Delhi. We realise that we need to create a sewage system for everyone and our plan is to build sewers in all unauthorised colonies,” DJB CEO Debashree Mukherjee said.

DJB officials said they have already built systems in 92 of an estimated 2,000 unauthorised colonies included in the plan. In areas that do not have sewer pipelines, waste water causes many health and sanitation problems. It either stagnates or runs through storm drains.

These drains are supposed to replenish the groundwater levels or water sources like the Yamuna, but waste water ensures that they spread contaminates instead. The DJB’s sewer master plan focuses on the technicalities that determine the feasibility of getting pipes to these areas, such as the topography, climatology, geology and other factors.

However, the feasibility itself is done internally and so is the prioritisation. Mukherjee said water officials consider a couple of things when prioritising colonies — whether they have running water and whether they are close to an outfall or a vein of the existing sewer system, which can sufficiently transport the waste to a treatment plant.

The master plan is supposed to support sewer work till 2031, also taking into consideration growing population in specific regions.

Nitya Jacob, programme director of water at Centre for Science and Environment, lauded the DJB’s plan but said he was sceptical. “Colonies grow faster than the infrastructure, but it’s good in-principle and at least will ensure that everybody is on the map,” Jacob said. “It is a lot of money, so where are we going to get it from?”

Mukherjee, however, said with government grants available to the DJB, the agency would not fall short of resources.

Water Woes

  • 9,500 km sewage pipeline network
  • Rs 25,000 crore project cost
  • 92 of 2,000 illegal colonies have sewage system
  • 45 per cent of Delhi’s population lives in illegal colonies

In areas that do not have sewer pipelines, waste water causes many health and sanitation problems. It either stagnates or runs through storm drains. These drains are meant to replenish the groundwater levels or water sources like the Yamuna, but waste water spreads contaminates instead. The proposed sewage network will improve sanitation and keep health hazards at bay

A draft sewer master plan, expected to be released in a few months, maps where people live in the Capital and what sort of factors need to be considered in order to build a sewage network in areas that don’t have one. Water officials consider a couple of things when prioritising colonies — whether they have running water and whether they are close to an outfall or a vein of the existing sewer system, which can sufficiently transport the waste to a treatment plant

The DJB’s sewer master plan focuses on the technicalities that determine the feasibility of getting pipes to these areas, such as the topography, climatology, geology and other factors


DDA to allow more floor area ratio for green buildings
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 15th April 2013

The Capital now has one more reason to go ‘green’.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has put forward a proposal to allow 1-5% extra floor area ratio (FAR) and ground coverage to green buildings. It, however, also plans to penalise builders who reap the benefit but don’t adopt environment-friendly measures. DDA is currently in the middle of reviewing the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021. In a recent meeting of one of its management action groups on environmental plan and coordination, the decision to provide incentives to give a fillip to green buildings was taken. The meeting has given a slew of suggestions that are expected to be approved in the authority’s next meeting on April 23.

“We proposed a maximum of 5% extra FAR for exceptional cases that get ratings based on Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA),” an official of DDA’s planning department said. “Non-compliance will result in penalty on the basis of market rates.”

The suggestions pertain to buildings that have plot size of 3,000 square metres or more. Major emphasis has been laid on water management in such buildings.

“Sewage and waste water should be treated and reused. Buildings should have dual pipe systems with one line for potable water and another for wastewater that can be used for gardening, washing cars or for cooling towers,” he said. DDA plans to come up with a proper regulatory framework on extraction of groundwater and would make recharging the table through rainwater harvesting mandatory for such buildings.

It wants to decentralise sewage treatment at community level with sewage treatment plants (STPs) at local level and primary effluent treatment plants at hospitals, hotels, restaurants, car repair shops etc. For better segregation and recycling of waste, buildings should have separate dustbins for wet and dry garbage. “The idea of producing biogas from sewage will also be explored,” he said.

Green buildings would also have to install solar panels on rooftops that are 300 square metres or bigger. A plan for provisions for energy conservation will also have to be submitted along with building plan. “Shading, atriums and enclosures will be encouraged,” he said.

“Once the suggestions are approved and notification is issued, the regulations would have to be finalised by the Delhi government’s environment department within six months,” the official said.

Apart from buildings, the suggestions also include conservation plans for water bodies that are above one hectares in area through inclusion in landscaping plans.


Govt most inefficient user of land: Kamal Nath
Source: PTI
Dated: 10th April 2013

Highlighting that the government has been the most “inefficient” user of land in Delhi, union urban development minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday pitched for vertical growth to accommodate growing population of the city as he announced decision to regularise 1,640 unauthorised colonies.

“…One of the most inefficient uses of the land is in Delhi itself. There is the biggest example. And one of the most inefficient users of land is the government itself,” the minister said while delivering the inaugural address at the workshop on “Land Economics: Issues and Challenges” in New Delhi.

“In Delhi, it will be very very surprising. Go across the city and see any government building…it is not getting the most optimum use of the land,” he said.

Strongly pitching for vertical growth of Delhi through high rise buildings, Kamal Nath said, “We are looking at where we can have efficient FAR (floor area ratio)” and suggested that the comparatively newly developed areas like Dwarka, Rohini and some urban villages can grow vertically.

He lamented that he was being subjected to criticism for his suggestion that Delhi should choose vertical growth.

Noting that there are 1,640 unauthorised colonies in Delhi with four million people living in them, Kamal Nath said a masterplan is being prepared by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the ministry in its mid-term review is correcting what has gone bad.

“…Planning is not futuristic or prospective. It is retrospective in regularising. We are going to regularise 1,640 colonies. You can’t throw out 4 million people living there,” the minister said.

Last year, the Delhi government had announced regularisation of 895 colonies.

Kamal Nath also said that the land regulatory framework in the country is not successful and the very large informal land market addressing the needs of the economically weaker section and lower middle class income household has developed paving the way for “flawed urban land policies.”


DDA clears land pooling policy

DDA to cut sizes of farmhouse  



DDA clears land pooling policy
Source: Times of India
Dated: 23rd March 2013

NEW DELHI: Paving the way for private developers to play a big role in residential development , on the lines of Gurgaon and Noida, the Delhi Development Authority on Thursday cleared its land pooling policy. The move is likely to boost supply of housing units by 4-5 lakh in the next five to seven years and will moderate prices of flats in the entire NCR.

The policy allows developers or land holders to pool in land for developing new residential areas. Owners of the land —that has been divided into two categories depending on its size — will have to surrender a stipulated portion of the pooled land to DDA for infrastructure development and green and open space. The rest can be put to residential, with an EWS component – and also commercial use in one of the categories.

Glare on religious places earning rent

The PAC has asked the urban development ministry to consider snapping electricity and water connections of religious and charitable structures in Delhi that have rented out or are commercially using their premises. These organizations get land at subsidized rates.

Vertical growth to get a boost in capital

New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority has cleared its land pooling policy. Once the policy is notified, it is expected to drive multistorey development in urban extension areas like Bawana, Najafgarh and Narela in Outer Delhi. Sources said the skyline would change dramatically with government allowing group housing complexes to go up to 20-30 storeys . Though the policy aims at protecting the interest of medium-size land owners and real estate majors, the norms will benefit those who manage to get a large chunk of land. Sources say developers like Emaar MGF and Ireo have huge land banks in Outer Delhi area.

At present, DDA acquires land directly from farmers or land holders. Lack of adequate compensation has always been a problem with farmers. “It’s a good sign for housing stock. This will lead to moderation in prices,” said the managing director, DLF Universal Ltd, Rajeev Talwar.

Supporting the move, DDA non-official member Jitender Singh Kochchar said they were unable to keep pace with the city’s growing housing demand. “We are looking at the land pooling policy as a solution to housing problems, particularly for the economically weaker sections. Once land owners pool their land to avail this policy, they will get incentivized FAR for EWS housing.” There will be two categories for land pooling. In the first category, owners can pool a minimum of 3 hectares to a maximum of 20 hectares. Out of this, 60% will go to DDA. In the second category where pooling is allowed beyond 20 hectares, the owners will have to surrender only 40% of the land to DDA.

Farmers are unhappy with the clause of 60% surrender of land to DDA. “Nowhere do we have such a policy that would force farmers to sell their land to developers ,” said Devinder Seherawat of Delhi Gramin Samaj.

The policy says developers will have to give EWS flats to DDA at a pre-determined price so that the government fulfils the promise of providing housing to the poor. Half of this will be meant for those providing services like domestic helps and drivers.

DDA will invite suggestions and objections before notifying the policy.


DDA nod to modification in Master Plan for Delhi 2021
Source: Business Standard
Dated: 23rd March 2013

In a major decision, the Delhi Development Authority today gave in principle approval for modification in the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 to offer certain relaxation to farm houses set up in the green belt and low density residential areas in the city.

Sources said as per new policy, land pockets of minimum 0.4 hectare (4,000 sqm) may be developed as residential plots.

The new policy will benefit nearly 2,400 farmhouses in areas such as Mehrauli, Neb Sarai, Chhatarpur and Rangpuri. As per the policy, owners of farm houses will be required to cede land for infrastructure projects such as construction of roads.

A meeting of the DDA board, presided over by Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna, has also given in principal approval of a policy on public private partnership in pooling and development of land. The land pooling policy will replace the present model of acquiring land by DDA. It will allow private players to be involved in the development process.

DDA member Naseeb Singh said the DDA will invite public suggestions and objections on the policy before implementing the scheme.


Meeting on Land Acquisition Bill
Source: Economic Times
Dated: 04th March 2013

Keen to move ahead with the Land Acquisition Bill in the current Parliament session, parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath has called a meeting of political parties on Thursday to address the concerns raised over the proposed legislation.

The major political parties, including the BJP, the Left, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the JD(U), are expected to participate in the meeting.

On the last day of the winter session of Parliament, the government had moved 157 amendments to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, which was introduced in September last year.
The amendments related to a range of issues, including change in the consent clause, the scope of public purpose, the level of compensation, and change in the name of the Bill to “The Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill”.

Several Opposition parties, most notably the Left, have suggested that given the large scale changes, the Bill should be sent to the Standing Committee for a re-look.

For the Congress, the land Bill is central to its ‘aam aadmi’ quotient, and both party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been actively involved in it. The Congress had attempted to have the legislation in place ahead of the 2012 UP Assembly elections.

The Congress-led UPA will want to avoid any further delay in passing the Bill. Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has made it clear that “there is no going back”. People close to the development said that of the 157 amendments moved by the government, 101 could be categorised as “typographical” and “technical”.
Concerns raised by the Opposition range from need for higher compensation for landowners and the land-dependent people to the Bill seeming to favour land owners over those acquiring land. Basudeb Acharia of the CPM has already moved amendments to the Bill.


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