Illegal construction: Amnesty law on way
Dated: 14th Aug 2012
Source: Indian Express
The Delhi government is drafting a new legislation that will provide a one-time amnesty to several illegal constructions, currently exempt from demolition on a temporary basis.
The Union government had cleared a special legislation in 2006, offering amnesty to thousands of illegal constructions that were in line to be sealed or razed.
The Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act was passed by Parliament on May 19, 2006, and has been extended several times since — with the latest extension valid till December 31, 2014. But a new legislation being prepared now on Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna’s directions would make majority of these constructions permanently legitimate.
Khanna’s Officer on Special Duty Ranjan Mukherjee told Newsline: “This amnesty scheme will cover entire Delhi and will provide relief to construction carried out in unauthorised colonies, plotted colonies and Lal Dora areas.”
The scheme will provide relief to properties that came up before February 2007, when the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 was implemented.
A senior official of the Delhi government’s Urban Development department said they have begun work on the proposal and could submit a draft plan to the Lieutenant-Governor as early as this month.
Ranjan Mukherjee said the L-G’s Office will study the draft plan and send it to the Union Urban Development ministry for approval, after which it will have to be cleared in Parliament. Mukherjee said under the plan, residents of unauthorised colonies will have to submit an affidavit stating their building is structurally safe. “In plotted colonies, like Greater Kailash, residents who constructed a third floor without getting the building plan sanctioned, will get relief under this scheme,’’ Mukherjee said.
He said the scheme will conform to four criteria — “construction that is in line with building bylaws only will be covered under the scheme. The building should not obstruct free flow of air and sunlight of the neighbourhood buildings. It should be structurally safe and in accordance with fire regulations which means that the building cannot be more than 15 metres in height,’’ Mukherjee said.
A senior government official said they have already asked the city’s three municipalities for their opinion on the specifics of the plan.
When the Union Urban Development ministry extended the temporary amnesty on December 14 last year, it had said impractical laws had prompted mushrooming of unauthorised constructions.
In a statement, the ministry said: “The increase in population of Delhi in the past 20 years has been more than its total population till 1980. Delhi Master Plans have not been able to cope with this growth momentum leading to increase in unauthorised colonies, slums and jhuggi-jhopris and associated problems.”
New DDA policy in offing to regularise farmhouses
Source: Daily Pioneer
Dated: 3rd August 2012
Doling out a big relief to the farmhouse owners, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is bringing a policy to regularise all existing farmhouses that had come up prior to February 7, 2007.
To accommodate all the existing farmhouses, the authority has decided to bring farmhouses having spread on one acre (4,000 metres) of land under the new policy. The policy is likely to be discussed at the authority meeting at Raj Niwas on Friday. The authority is bringing this proposal following the directions of Ministry of Urban Development.
“All existing farmhouses in the proposed urban extension area that had come up prior to February 7, 2007 and also those where sanctions had been sought prior to February 7, 2007 but accorded later that date by the regulatory authority shall be regularised and redesigned as country homes. In notified or reserved forest area, farmhouses built on privately owned make land sanctioned up to February 7, 2007 shall be regularised subject to direction of Supreme Court on the ridge land,” the proposal said.
There are 2,731 farmhouses in Delhi that are covered by the rules framed by the DDA and the MCD and it is learnt that 6,000 to 7,000 hectares of land would be covered by these farmhouses.
If approved, the policy will pave way for regularisation of farmhouses built or sanctioned before February 7, 2007, in Mehrauli, Neb Sarai, Ber Sarai, Satabari and Chhattarpur by levying penalties. The policy also proposed plots with an area of more than two hectares can be used to build banquets, resorts and amusement parks. Plots covering smaller area can have naturopathy clinics and health centres. It may be noted that several senior officials of authority have opposed the policy stating that it will pave way for regularisation of all farmhouses and affluent colonies.
The new policy is an attempt to legalise, regularise and streamline holding of marriages, social gathering and other commercial activities in farmhouses, which was illegal so far. The proposed policy states that farmhouses on roads having maximum width of 18 metres should be permitted social functions such as marriage functions, social cultural programmes and amusement parks. “It could not support the proposal of DDA to permit 50 per cent coverage area or floor area ratio (FAR) for farmhouses and there should be a cap of maximum 750 sq m,” the policy said.
The Ministry of Urban Development had earlier asked the Delhi Government to suggest its views on regulation of farmhouses in the city. The State Government in its suggestions stated that all existing farmhouses should be regularised as per relaxed norms. “The regularisation of farmhouses would be subject to (a) levy of stiff penalty proportionate to the extent of the violation; (b) provision of roads as per zonal plans; (c) provision of adequate land for infrastructure such as electric transformer and underground water reservoirs,” it said.
It further said that most of the farmhouses are already running out of water supply due to depletion of groundwater and demanding water supply from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) which has scarce resources and can only divert supply by reducing supply to the already covered areas.
2,400 Delhi farmhouses to be regularised
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 4th August 2012
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Friday approved a policy to regularise 2,400 farmhouses in the city, bringing a huge relief to owners. The policy will allow regularisation of farmhouses built before February 2, 2007 after payment of heavy penalty, which is yet to be fixed. Among the areas that will benefit are Neb Sarai, Ber Sarai, Mehrauli, Satbari and Chhattarpur.
The floor-area ratio of the farmhouses has been relaxed from 1% of the plot size to 15%. Violations up to 5% would attract no penalty for regularisation.
Wedding functions will now be allowed in farmhouses having a minimum area of 5 acres. Banquet halls, resorts and amusement parks, too, can be built in those spread over 5 acres. Smaller farmhouses can have health centres and naturopathy clinics.
The DDA’s policy on farmhouses had been on the backburner for over two years because of opposition from senior DDA officials as well as MLAs appointed as members of the authority.
Delhi to introduce TDR concept
Ruchika Bhardwaj, Analyst, Certes Realty Ltd.
The most simplistic solution to be absorbed, Transfer of development rights (TDR) is finally being adopted by the Delhi development Authority (DDA).
Real estate experts have long been advocating the concept, if the words in the Delhi Master plan MPD 2021 on transforming “Delhi into a world class Megapolis” have to see fruition. The facts of Delhi cry for this, coupled with the immense difficulty in acquiring land for expansion of roads & other infrastructure.
For the uninitiated, TDR is the award of Extra floor area ratio (FAR) given to the land owner against the surrender of parts of their land holding for the development of roads, building, parks, other infrastructure. The land owner can wither construct the additional area on his balance land, OR, sell it to another developer. The DDA is mulling over a policy to allow land owners to construct one additional floor on their own land holding.
“We have been told by DDA that in the new plan it is set to expand the TDR and promote its use for redevelopment of various residential, industrial and commercial areas,” said a senior Delhi government officer.
Reacting to this news, Mr. Ajay Dabas of Certes Realty Ltd averred “With more than 50% of Delhi existing as unauthorized developments, and the imminent need to provide infrastructure & elevate the standards of living, land acquisition, esp. in the clusters of unauthorized developments strewn across Delhi would be extremely difficult. TDR is the only way to motivate people to redevelop their colonies, as well as draw private sector participation in the ‘incentivized redevelopment scheme’.
Cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc. have successfully experimented with the concept of TDR.
As per the provisions, the DDA (or any designate agency) would undertake planning of the local area with a view to plan the needs for widening of the roads, expansion on the water, sewerage, other necessary amenities. Land, either alongside existing roads OR fresh per the master plan would be required. The land owner, instead of being paid a measly sum can be eligible for the Development rights certificate (DRC) which he can either use himself, OR sell/ transfer to another entity.
“Though, the grant of TDR is not an open license for a sketchy development” said Dabas. “It has to conform to the Local area plans which would take into account the Aesthetic as well as functional needs”.
The recent review of the Masterplan MPD 2021 saw more than 2000 personal appearances & suggestions, criticisms & ideas being shared by the public & other experts.
This also augurs well for the proposed development of more than 25,000 acres of land which is likely to be developed in the PPP mode, wherein the land investor today, need not worry about losing his land to governmental acquisition for infrastructure. Ajay Dabas concluded that “the skepticism of the private investors need to be allayed that the land that they surrender for infrastructure would be adequately compensated, so that they can invest today”.
And this announcement of TDR is in the right direction.
Home in industry zone among proposed master plan changes
Dated: 11th July 2012
Source: The Indian Express
Suggestions on allowing residences in industrial zones, consolidating plots for group housing to make use of higher floor area ratio and allowing property development along a proposed Metro line are among 20 major “suggested changes” that the Delhi Development Authority has approved in the Master Plan Delhi-2021 review process.
“The Delhi Metro has come up with suggestions on property development along some of its proposed lines,” a DDA official said.
“Moreover, allowing residential buildings in industrial areas is also being looked into. One expect of this suggestion is that it will help workers stay close to their workplace. This will act as deterrent to growth of slums,” he said. “Other suggestions include amalgamation of plots to allow group housing where proper infrastructure is available. There will also be a separate chapter on transit-oriented development and influence zones along the Mass Rapid Transit System,” the official said.
Amendments to the master plan are likely to be made by this year-end. “Most of the suggestions are related to changes in residential components in industrial areas and mixed-use regulations, and development control norms for night shelters,” the official said.
These suggestions have been sent to the Urban Development Ministry for approval and were likely to go through the process of public scrutiny by this month-end. “The ministry will further process the suggested changes and incorporate them in accordance with the procedure laid in the master plan itself,” the official said.
After getting the required clearance from the ministry, DDA will issue a notice inviting public opinion on the 20 suggestions that it has already approved, an official said.
“We have so far received around 4,000 suggestions for the Master Plan Delhi-2021 review. Around 20 of them will be put through public scrutiny. People will be given time to make suggestions and objections. A board of inquiry will hear every person who comes up with objections,” DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said.
“The objections will be sent to the DDA officials concerned and the Urban Development Ministry. Necessary amendments in the master plan will be made only after their approval,” Dhar said.
The suggestions will be made public through notices to RWAs and government agencies.
DDA officials said they expect around 4,000 more suggestions in the coming months. “We are trying to rope in an IT firm, who will manage the incoming suggestions and give them a unique identification number. The minutes of our meetings will be uploaded on our website so that people can keep track of their suggestions,” an official said.
Delhi unauthorized colonies to be regularized wef Aug 2012
It might be recalled that in 2008, just before the Delhi assembly elections, the Government has, in a great show of solidarity with the unauthorized colonies of Delhi, announced the names of approx. 1640 colonies which were to be regularized.
Well, these colonies literally waited till the next elections to get a glimmer of fulfillment of the promises.
In a recent review of the regularization, the chief minister of Delhi directed all concerned departments to hasten the work. The Delhi Urban development minister Mr. A K Walia said “”We will start issuing the regularization certificates from middle of next month,”.
The government apparently has finalized the boundaries of almost 1018 colonies, so far, and the allied agencies like Delhi Jal board, Electricity suppliers etc. are simultaneously planning to incorporate these colonies into their respective master plans to connect infrastructure. The survey of India was tasked with the finalization of boundaries.
it may be recalled that provisional regularization certificates were issued to almost 1200 colonies, amidst much fanfare, but not a single colony had been regularized so far. Allegations, substantiated as well as otherwise were labeled around non existent colonies, which were a ruse by the land grabbers. It was alleged that colonies which had hardly any habitation were also granted provisional certificates.
The recent defeat of the Congress defeat in the MCD polls seems to have worked as a catalyst to this expedite order.
DDA Offering Fund to Connect Narela phase IV with other parts of Delhi
Dated: 29th June 2012
Source: Staff Reporter
As the Narela industrial area started Developing in early 1980 and today it is one of the important complexes in Delhi.
Narela sub-city is located in the North West Delhi , and forms the border of the Delhi state with Haryana. It was developed as the third mega sub-city project of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in the urban extension project of Delhi keeping this in terms DMRC is getting financial support from Delhi Development authority to connect other parts of Delhi to Narela through metro in phase iv, Less connectivity is the clog of low occupancy rate, As per DDA, Narela has spread over 7464 Hectare 1990’,where 16.2 lakh pupil reside but obstruct due to the poor connectivity and inadequate transportation.
“About 50-55% of the housing requirement in this sub-city would be for urban poor and economically weaker sections. So, an efficient public transport system is required to provide connectivity,” claims a DDA statement on Thursday.
“It augurs well for the proposed developments under the zone N of the MPD 2021, which should be the first off the block, as far as end user habitation is concerned “says Ramesh Menon from Certes Realty
“The proposal of requesting DMRC for connectivity has been approved by LG Tejendra Khanna,” a DDA official said.
Following a poser from the Minister, DDA Vice-Chairman G. S. Patnaik assured him that the agency was willing to finance the extension of metro rail services to areas like Narela in North-West Delhi which are witnessing the development of large-scale low-cost housing projects but is handicapped by the lack adequate transport facilities due to which people are hesitate to move to these areas.
Delhi IIT asked to work on drainage master plan
Press Trust of India-June 26, 2012
To rid the city of the perennial problem of water logging, Delhi Government has decided to come out with a new drainage master plan to streamline the entire sewerage network and tasked the Delhi IIT with working on it.
A meeting of the Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, gave its nod for appointing the IIT Delhi as a consultant for preparing a scientific master plan to improve the drainage system.
After the meeting, Dikshit said the last drainage master plan was finalised in 1981 and government felt it was time for coming out with a new plan.
Dikshit said the drainage system has been upgraded in piecemeal manner from time to time by the civic agencies.
The Chief Minister DDA has already notified the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 which sought a fresh approach to drainage problem.
Dikshit said it was decided in 2007 that a new master plan of drainage must be prepared, keeping in view, the fast changing scenario due to coming up of the new colonies, unplanned growth and multi-storey characteristic of expansion.
“Further, preparation of the new Drainage Master Plan has also become essential as the drainage network has become too old to be repaired or revived,” she said.
1,639 Delhi colonies clear final hurdle, get to be legit
Source: Hindustan Times
Dated: 8th June 2012
PENDING No such relief for upmarket areas like Sainik Farms, Anantram Dairy
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s five million residents living in 1,639 unauthorised colonies will soon be on the city’s civic map, being allowed access to water and power supply and all other amenities.
The long-pending issue of regularisation of these colonies — a third of the Capital’s population lives there — has been resolved.
Simply put, residents of areas such as Chhatarpur and Mahipalpur in south Delhi, Uttam Nagar in the west, Madhu Vihar in the east and Azadpur in north Delhi will no longer live in the fear of demolition. Property prices are expected to zoom in these areas as owners will now be able to register, sell and buy property.
Some of the colonies are expected to get regularisation certificates by the end of July.
Defining the boundaries of the colonies was coming in the way of their regularisation. The Delhi government wanted aerial images of 2007 to be used for marking the area but the urban development ministry, which issued guidelines for regularising the colonies, wanted 2002 images to be considered.
On Wednesday, the ministry accepted the Delhi government’s demand, allowing it to fix the boundaries as well as regularise the colonies.
The Delhi Development Authority has amended rules that will allow the government to issue regularisation orders. The authority has issued a notification.
Posh unauthorised areas such as Sainik Farms, Anantram Dairy and Mahendru Enclave, however, won’t benefit from the notification. The decision on their regularisation has been left pending by the ministry.
With the city battling water and electricity supply crunch, greater demand will put additional pressure on resources that are already in a short supply. The city government will have to arrange additional supply and work with civic bodies to provide infrastructure such as roads, parks and community centres. The government gave provisional regularisation certificates to 1,200 colonies in 2008 just in time for the assembly elections, which the Congress won. The new notification comes after the defeat of the Congress in the recent civic elections and just in time for the 2013 assembly polls.
Interview of Minister for Urban Development, Kamal Nath
Regularisation of extended lal dora areas demanded
Source: The Hindu
Dated: 3rd June 2012
With the process of regularisation of unauthorised colonies gathering pace, residents of about 80 villages of Delhi have now started lobbying hard to get the extended lal dora land adjoining the notified area of their respective village regularised as well.
Recently a delegation of such villagers met Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna and Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath to demand that the extended lal dora in 80 villages of Delhi be regularised. The Lieutenant-Governor is learnt to have directed the Delhi Government officials to visit these areas and submit a report.
“Since the Delhi Government is already considering regularisation of some of the 1,639 unauthorised colonies that had applied for the provisional certificates, we have also urged the Lieutenant-Governor and the Union Minister that the case of the villages with extended lal dora be also considered favourably so that they get necessary development and provisions of basic facility may also be made there,” said Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Naresh Kumar.
He said the L-G has directed Revenue Department senior officials to inspect these villages and file a report.
The delegation said while there are 364 villages in Delhi, the issue of lal dora extension applies to just 80 of them. It said the village boundaries in the case of many of these 80 villages were last notified in 1908 and thereafter in 1952.
However, with the increase in the population, in many of these villages the farmers began constructing houses on their farmland. Regularisation, the villagers feel, would enable them to avail of proper electricity and water supply.
Capital’s rural areas will be linked via Metro by 2021
With a vision to connect the whole of Delhi, the DMRC had evolved a very ambitious plan to reach the metro within 500 metres of all intending travellers. Besides evolving the Delhi metro as a means of transportation, one of the proposed intent was also to reduce the number of vehicles that descend on the Delhi roads every day.
With the first 2 phases of the DMRC succeeding in connecting a large part of the Urban Delhi, the DMRC has set its sight on Rural Delhi. Under the phase 4, many rural areas, which currently are zoned for development under the N zone of MPD 2021, would be connected with the metro, thereby providing a huge impetus to not just the urbanization, but also the industrialization of these sub cities.
The targeted extension is to the tune of 116 km. Ruchika Bhardwaj, lead Analyst of Certes Realty Ltd, a Delhi based think tank on MPD 2021 avers that “Delhi would become the world’s largest metro network post completion of the Phase IV, with daily ridership exceeding 5 million passengers”
Urbanization in areas like Bawana, Kanjhawala, Majra Dabas would accelerate with the proposed extension of the Rithala line towards Barwala, Puth Khurd, Bawana etc. under N zone (North West Delhi).
The proposals are under consideration by the approving Central & state agencies. “Our target is to make Metro trains the most viable mode of transport for people across Delhi. The Metro will enter the remote areas of Delhi and benefit people of these areas,” said Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson, DMRC.
The DMRC officials expect a positive feedback on their proposals, and would set down to make the DPR, post that. The arrival of the metro would not only connect the rural areas, but also accelerate the process of urbanization & revitalization of the village economies. Ruchika Bhardwaj further says that “many an investors & private builders are watching the situation, and would purchase land parcels for development, as soon as the development norms are announced”.
It may also be noted that the government, under MPD 2021, does take the strategic direction to encourage the private sector participation in the development of residential habitats. The Delhi development agency, DSIIDC, also has substantial land parcels under Bawana, Ranikhera, Kanjhawala, which should soon see the development of non-polluting soft Industrial parks.
These seem a step forward in the right direction, in line with the creation of self-sufficient sub cities, under MPD 2021.
“In phase 4, the importance will be on providing connectivity to the interiors and remote areas of Delhi. We have sent a proposal with tentative corridors to the Delhi government and are awaiting a sign from it. Soon, we will start preparing a detailed project report,” said a DMRC official. “These corridors have been planned keeping Delhi’s rural area public in view” he said.
Residents of many remote parts of the city are still deprived of a good public transport system. Metro will bring them closure to the heart of the city, said a DMRC official…
The Area of 116 km will be covered through these corridors In Phase 4
Yamuna Bank – LoniBordor
Rithala – Bawana
Janakpuri West – Mukundpur
Mukundpur – Dilshad Garden
Keshopur, Mangolpuri, Nand Nagari, New Seemapuri
Kirti Nagar – Dwarka Sector28
Badarpur- Delhi Aerocity
Lajpat Nagar – Madangir
Azadpur – RK Ashram
All power of attorney property deals banned in Delhi; transactions since October 2011 declared void
Source: Economic Times
Dated: 4th May 2012
In an order that puts thousands of property transactions in Delhi under a cloud, the revenue department has made all realty sales through transfer of general power of attorney null and void with retrospective effect from October last year.
The order, dated April 27, directs all 13 sub-registrar offices, DDA and NDMC to follow the Supreme Court’s order last October that no sale deed will be registered if it is through a GPA transfer. This means transactions carried out since October on GPA transfers will have to be registered afresh with complete documents.
On average, around 20% of registries are done through GPA transfers, a common way of selling leasehold properties and those that don’t have a clear title. In Delhi’s northwest district, for instance, of 5,300 documents registered across three sub-registrar offices in March, 1,157 were GPA transfer registries. Bankers said the proportion of GPA transfers were even higher in sales involving bank loans.
Top revenue department officials steered clear of taking responsibility for the delay in implementing the Supreme Court order. They said that as this was a Supreme Court order, it should have been implemented at the sub-registrar offices since October. They admitted, however, that registrars have only stopped registering such sale deeds after the April 27 directive from the revenue secretary and divisional commissioner Vijay Dev.
Realty watchers said the order will reduce the number of saleable properties in the capital and lead to a hike in the value of properties on freehold land.
Citing the October 11, 2011, judgment of the Supreme Court, the revenue department circular says, “It is reiterated that immovable property can be legally and lawfully transferred only by a registered deed of conveyance (sale deed)… ‘GPA sales’ of ‘SA (sale agreement)/ GPA/will transfer’ do not convey title and do not amount to transfer, nor can they be recognized as valid mode of transfer of immovable property. The court will not treat such transactions as completed…”
“To ensure that the Supreme Court order is followed, I have issued a circular informing all officials involved in registration of documents to not register any sale deeds on a GPA transfer,” Vijay Dev told TOI. He said it was required as GPA transfer transactions left no evidence of how many hands a property might have changed hands. There are also loopholes in GPA transfer cases as property papers may not be complete or a property may not have the requisite completion certificates.
In such cases, Dev said, there were greater chances of a buyer landing in litigation. The implementation of the court order would mean cleaner transactions with clear title deeds and also higher revenue to the state as each sale of the same property will have to be duly registered on payment of stamp duty, he said.
However, the retrospective order has thrown thousands of property sales after October on GPA into uncertainty. Owners who bought property on GPA because it lacked perfect documentation are now in trouble because legally the property remains in the seller’s name. Both parties will now have to initiate the process of transfer of property through clear sale deed.
The problem is, due to archaic regulations, many properties in the do not have clear titles. Take for example co-operative societies that do not have a completion certificate because the builder did not follow rules during construction. A flat owner in such a society, who may be in possession of the property for decades, will not be able to sell it.
Most of apartments in cooperative housing societies and DDA condominiums are sold though GPA. Now, if the societies have completition certificate and the original buyer has cleared all the dues, these property can be converted into freehold. Only after that its owner can sell it through registered sale deed.
Anshuman Magazine, MD of global consultancy firm CBRE ( South Asia,) said that banning transactions through GPA would bring in transparency . “But before issuing the order, the government should have conducted a special drive to give completion certificates to properties,” he said.
Also facing uncertainty are houses in unauthorized colonies because very few properties here have a clear title . These house owners too would have encounter problems in selling the property.
The order also provides an opportunity for middlemen to take advantage of the situation as the demand for converting properties to freehold is likely to surge. In practice, such conversions are usually carried out through touts.
West Delhi to be a vital clog in the Capital’s growth story
Source: Economic Times
Dated: 29th April 2012
NEW DELHI: In Delhi, if South is seen as a rich man’s abode, North an industrial hub, East a residential mainstay and Centre the retailer’s paradise, West Delhi has them all. Punjabi Bagh bungalows have Audis and S-Class Mercedes parked cosily inside; Rajouri Garden has shopping malls packed beyond capacity; Naraina or Mayapuri have industrial pockets flourishing with unmatched prowess and Karol Bagh passes off as a hybrid of Palika Bazaar, Nehru Place and Gandhi Nagar.
And there is more coming. “West Delhi will be the centre of industrial and infrastructural development activities in the next 10 years or so,” says Sanjeev Ahuja, executive director of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC).
“It was long overdue,” Ahuja says. Going by the development plans slated for the national capital in the next decade, most of the industrial growth and development will be happening in West Delhi. In the Delhi Development Authority’s Master Plan for 2021 from the 60,000 hectares – slated for the development of new sub-cities in Delhi – about 40,000 hectares lie in West Delhi. Moreover, of the total 29 industrial estates notified by the Delhi government, eight of them are in West Delhi, second only to northern Delhi that has 12.”
According to Ahuja, the last few years have been quite good for Delhi as a whole but the coming years will be better specifically for West Delhi. “Many projects – industrial, commercial and residential – are due to come up in this part of the city. Given that the area now has better connectivity, I can say it is definitely something we should look forward to,” says the DSIIDC director.
More than Rs 5,000 crore are being pumped in West Delhi’s rural backdoors in Baprola village near Najafgarh-Nangloi road and Rani Khera area near Mundka that will shift a chunk of economic activity from other parts of Delhi to the West. “DSIIDC is developing a 77.50 acre Knowledge Based Industry (KBI) park at Baprola in West Delhi at a cost of `2,000 crore,” says Ahuja. “This would create direct employment for about 85,000 people.
At Rani Khera, opposite Mundka, we are developing a multi-level manufacturing hub in 147 acre worth `3,098 crore.” Both of these projects are expected to complete by 2016. “We have been informally approached by Nasscom, Infosys and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) to set-up offices in these parks,” says Ahuja. To improve connectivity the DSIIDC has suggested an elevated corridor from West Delhi to other parts of the city. And the industrial body is now developing housing facilities for skilled and unskilled workers inside these projects. The Delhi government hopes to attract investments worth `70,000 crore and generate employment opportunities for nearly three lakh people with these projects.
WEST DELHI’S former deputy commissioner GS Meena agrees with the growth projections. Listing out some future projects, Meena says, “We are in process of developing 13 community centres and several district centres in West Delhi. Four more colleges are due to come in the area. DLF has already acquired land and is developing commercial and residential spaces in Moti Nagar.”
Most of all, Meena says, Metro’s Phase-III, which has a larger presence in West Delhi, will lift the rural areas and suburbs of West Delhi to development. In addition, seven unauthorised industrial areas in West Delhi will soon be regularised under the Master Plan.
POOR INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
According to Meena, though the development is the next thing happening in West Delhi, the area was neglected all this while. “Issues such as waste management and improvement of basic infrastructure are big challenges that need immediate attention,” he says. PVC waste from throughout Delhi is dumped at Mundka area in West Delhi which is ill-managed.
Mid-Term Review of Master Plan by DDA
Dated: 25th April 2012
The Master Plan for Delhi-2021 (MPD-2021) was notified on 7th February, 2007 which provides for Mid-Term Review at 5 years interval. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has informed that 1st Mid-Term Review has already been initiated with participatory approach. District wise nodal officials are appointed for receiving suggestions.
For Mid-Term Review of MPD-2021, 11 Management Action Groups have been constituted for addressing major issues. A High Level Advisory Group under the chairmanship of Lt. Governor of Delhi comprising of heads of various Govt. Departments, private organizations, professionals and other corporate individuals as expert members have been constituted.
The exercise of the Mid-Term Review have already been initiated and regular meetings of the Management Action Groups and Advisory Group are held. In addition to this, to ensure public participation six district/zonal Open House Meets are held by DDA by inviting general public, RWA, professionals etc. for inviting suggestions for the Mid-Term Review of MPD-2021 with a view to maximize people’s participation in the Review of Master Plan of Delhi-2021.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Urban Development Shri Saugata Roy in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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Kamal Nath directs DDA to follow a participative and transparent process for Review of MPD 2021
Mr Kamal Nath, Minister of Urban Development has directed DDA to ensure that the review of MPD 2021, which has commenced as per the provisions of Master Plan for Delhi (MPD-2021), has a futuristic vision and follows a participative process.
In order to ensure that the MPD 2021 Review process is well structured and involves the stakeholders, Minister Nath has directed that:
(I) DDA shall create area wise Master Plan review cells. Each Review cell will be headed by an officer of appropriate seniority and shall be responsible for a particular area of Delhi.
(ii) The names of the officers heading the Review Cells, along with their contact details would be made available to the public and other associations in order to facilitate the receipt of representations.
(iii) The public should be encouraged to continue sending their suggestions up to 30 April 2012.
(iv) DDA would hold “Open House” in each of the areas and visit the areas in order to factor in the ground realities.
(vs.) DDA would create a designated space on their website, where each and every suggestion would be posted. Each suggestion and comment received on the Master Plan Review will be given a unique docket number specifying the sender and suggestion. The website should have a search facility, whereby, suggestions on each issue can be easily be located along with the name of the person/organisation making the suggestion.
Minister Kamal Nath has also set up an Apex Committee on the MPD 2021 review. This Apex Committee would formally submit the revised MPD – 2021 for the consideration of the Ministry. The Apex Committee would be under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble LG. The other members of the Apex Committee would include Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary (HUPA) and Chief Secretary, Delhi. The Committee could submit its reports and recommendations as and when finalized for different segments. It is expected that the first report of the Committee will be submitted to the Ministry of Urban Development not later than June 30, 2012.
The Ministry of Urban Development will shortly be giving wide publicity to the above through leading local English and Hindi newspapers containing the website address of DDA, the designated space in the DDA website for uploading suggestions and also the names and contact details of DDA officials in the different areas who may be forwarded the MPD 2021 review suggestions.
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DDA TENDERS 100 M EXPRESSWAY UER-II IN ‘ZONE N’ OF MPD 2021
Nancy Singh, Special correspondent
To them all ‘naysayers’, the Delhi development Authority (DDA) is responding with deeds supporting their words.
On the 29th March’ 2012, During the public interaction during the review of the Master plan MPD 2021, Mr. Bansal, the commissioner planning of DDA, in repines to the questions raised by Mr. Ramesh Menon of Certes Realty ltd has mentioned that the UER-II has already been approved, and the funding etc. tied up. The naysayers, then too, averred that it would not see the light of the day over the next 5 years. Sadly. they’ve been proven wrong.
The Urban development Minister, Mr. Kamal Nath, arguing in favor of the transparency policy had mentioned that “all future notifications would be published in at least 2 national dailies, as well as be posted on the websites of the ministry & DDA”.
In line with the above, the Delhi development authority (DDA) has published tender for the “Construction of UER II Master plan road in Rohini SH construction of 100 M right of way road from western Yamuna canal to Kanjhawala Road newer Village Karala Majri for part alignment passing through Rohini”.
The estimated cost of this work is 63.74 crores, and the tender is in two stages for techno-commercial costing.
What is heartening is that the execution period has been fixed for 15 Months.
For the information of the general audience, the tender closing date has been fixed for the 30th April’ 2012, and all tenders should be applied through e-tendering.
The villages of Kanjhawala, Madanpur Dabas, Ranikhera-Rasoolpur, Jounti, Majra etc. would soon see renewed interest from buyers & investors, feel experts.
The renewed pace of ‘pragmatic review of MPD 2021’ is indeed welcome, and expect many more steps to be initiated in the immediate future.