How Land Pooling Policy and Smart City Project are Transforming Delhi

    How Land Pooling Policy and Smart City Project are Transforming Delhi

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    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.

    Clear Proposition

    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.

    Excellent Infrastructure

    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.

    Citizen-Friendly Program

    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.

    Green Environment

    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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    PM Narendra Modi launches Smart Cities Mission, says Centre committed to urban India

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    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled three flagship government schemes that aim to spruce up urban India at an expenditure of close to Rs 4 lakh crore.

    “If we had recognised urbanisation as an opportunity 25 years ago, we could have been at par with the developed world today. But better late than never,” Modi said launching the Smart Cities Mission, Housing for All by 2022 and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) schemes in the presence of mayors and heads of urban local bodies from around 500 Indian cities here. Pointing out that 40% of India’s population stays in cities, Modi said, “How can they get better quality of life at a time when everyone is looking at India. We cannot leave our poor to their fate. It is our responsibility.”

    He said a smart city will be one which is two steps ahead of the needs of people. “We have to develop models such as walk to work, energy saving and others to improve our cities,” he said.

    Under ‘Housing for All by 2022’, the government plans to build 20 million homes for the urban poor by the time Indian completes its 75 years of independence in 2022. Modi said the plans were firmed up after feedback from all stakeholders including real estate developers, international exports and financial institutions.

    He said while private developers know in which direction a city will grow and accordingly build homes, what is usually missing is the infrastructure that is key for living.

    “Unless the city leadership does not know how the city will grow, it will not work. Through AMRUT, we will plan,” Modi said, adding development cannot be such that it becomes a tussle between cities and villages.

    Modi also said the image of the builder lobby is very poor in this country. “This government is worried about the protection of consumers. There is a Bill in parliament already,” referring to the real estate regulatory Bill.

    “Otherwise, in our country, wittingly or unwittingly, the image of the builder lobby is very low. A poor man puts all his savings into a house, which is the biggest event of his life and when he gets cheated, everything is lost,” Modi said, adding that the Bill will be pushed in the coming monsoon session of parliament. On smart cities, Modi said decisions will be taken by city’s leadership, its people and the urban local bodies.

    “It will be a ground up approach.” Smart cities will be selected through competition and each city will get central funding of Rs 100 crore a year for five years.

    Source: Economic Times
    Dated: 26th June 2015

    Smart City project to come up before Cabinet on April 22

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    To begin with, the “Smart City” project would include 20 cities and the number would subsequently go up to 100.

    The ambitious “Smart City” project of the NDA government is likely to be brought for Cabinet’s approval on April 22, sources said. The project, which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s heart, got a go-ahead from the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) last week.

    To begin with, the “Smart City” project would include 20 cities and the number would subsequently go up to 100.

    Every city has been earmarked Rs 100 crore each for the project. The project has been at a consultative stage since the NDA government announced it in May 2014.

    “A Cabinet note has been prepared for the Smart City project and is likely to come up for approval on April 22,” said a senior UD ministry official. Prime Minister Modi is presently on a three-nation tour and the next Cabinet meeting is expected to be held on April 22 when he returns.

    Apart from the Smart City project, the new urban renewal mission is also likely to be taken up by the Cabinet. While Rs 2,000 crore has been allocated for the Smart City project, the urban mission has got Rs 4,000 crore for the current fiscal, as per the EFC.

    Aiming at upgrading the basic infrastructure in cities, the new urban renewal mission, which replaces UPA’s flagship JNNURM, is likely to be named “Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation” (AMRUT) after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The official, however, said no such name has been finalised yet.

    The proposed urban mission will take up projects related to sanitation, drinking water, urban transportation and sewerage among others.

    As far as the Smart City project is concerned, it will be mostly taken up with active participation of private players and partnership with state governments and urban local bodies.

    Continuous supply of water and electricity, advanced health facilities, hassle-free transportation system, wi-fi enabled zones, effective garbage collection and treatment of garbage and sewage are some of the essential components of the Smart City project. The urban local bodies will have to undertake certain reforms in order to be eligible to be part of the Smart City project, the official added.

    Source: Indian Express
    Dated: 15th April 2015

    Spain spells out technical terms for Delhi’s smart city

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    The smart city will be zoned out of Dwarka, Rohini, Narela

    Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to set up 100 ‘smart cities’, beginning with the national capital, Spain has presented a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to spell out the technical support it will offer to the Ministry of Urban Development for construction of the world-class project.

    Reportedly, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had held a meeting with officials of the ‘Barcelona Regional’ five months ago after a brief visit to Spain to seek “technical expertise” to construct the smart city, which will be spread over 20-24 hectares.

    Sources said officials from Spain met the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority recently with the MoU, explaining the terms of cooperation, which the department will now process and submit to the urban development ministry.

    According to the MoU, the coordinators for the project will be the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, ICEX Spain Trade and Investments and the urban development ministry.

    Sources said the memorandum states that expertise will be provided on issues of urban planning and management, infrastructure, water management, housing, waste management, mobility, energy and utilities, sanitation, environment and public goods and services.

    Sources said a Joint Working Group meeting will be held alternatively in India and Spain every year, as part of the terms.

    “The project has been proposed to de-congest the capital and facilitate it with all amenities. Focus will be to build global educational and health institutes and entertainment facilities. The city will be zoned out of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela and will be equipped with the latest technologies and waste management techniques,” a ministry official said.

    Twenty-four hours’ water supply, WiFi, green technology, rainwater harvesting and waste management techniques will also be part of the project. Naidu, at a public function, had said apart from its modern buildings and the fact that it is an “advanced city”, Barcelona “has preserved its old architecture. We also want to preserve our traditional architecture, that India is so richly endowed with, even as we embrace modernity”.

    Source; Indian Express
    Dated: 6th April 2015

    Delhi to be a smart city soon, thanks to these projects to be taken up by the NDMC

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    To make the Capital world class, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is going all out to make the area in its jurisdiction a smart city.

    While announcing the council’s annual budget on Wednesday, NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastava talked about the various initiatives taken to bring Delhi at par with other smart cities across the world.

    These are the steps that will be taken by the council:

    Smart Poles: Using/replacing existing 18,500 Street Light Poles to LED and also mounting CCTV Cameras in addition to enable multiple next generation digital services based on WiFi/2G/3G/4G within the NDMC area, without any extra expenditure on the part of the council, on a revenue-sharing model.

    Solar City Project: Master plan for generation of initially 4MW of solar power after award of NDMC-owned schools and offices’ roof-tops through open tender.

    Waste-to-Energy Plants: Establishing a chain of waste to energy plants of small sizes in various localities of the NDMC based on different available technologies resulting in 100 per cent recycling of waste in an eco-friendly manner for maximising power/gas output.

    The New Delhi Municipal Council area comprises of the creme de la creme territory of the Capital, which has been described as Lutyen’s Delhi. It comprises of important buildings like Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Supreme Court, North and South Blocks and buildings abutting Central Vista and also all the diplomatic missions which function as territorial entities under the sovereign jurisdiction of their Flag States.

    DDA sets 3-year goal for Delhi’s first smart city

    Delhi’s first smart city will be a reality in three years from now. With the iconic 100-storey tower being the key attraction, the East Delhi Hub at Karkardooma, the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) flagship project, will also comprise residential units, green cover and recreational facilities.

    The construction will be undertaken by the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore. “We have set a deadline of three years for this project. However, this is subject to change,” said Anoop Mittal, managing director, NBCC, while unveiling the model of the project on Wednesday. The hub will come up on transit-oriented development (ToD) norms.

    The NBCC will maintain the city for 30 years after its completion. “The project will be completed in phases and the first phase will be completed within 36 months,” the MoU said. The iconic tower will be more than 300 metre high. “The tower shall have restaurants, shopping facilities,offices, hotel and service apartments. At the top of the iconic tower, there will be several rooftop revolving discotheques and cafes, as well as a helipad for emergency and medical services,” DDA officials said.

    The smart city will have connectivity with two Metro stations, Anand Vihar and Karkardooma, a railway terminal and ISBT at Anand Vihar. The hub is expected to create approximately 8,000 jobs. “All green areas and parks shall have natural storm water management systems integrated within them. All rain water falling on the site will be recycled to replenish the ground water table,” said DDA’s vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar.


    The implementation of DDA’s land-pooling policy has been further delayed. The Union urban development ministry has asked the DDA to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) for construction to be undertaken by private developers under this policy. This, according to officials, will further delay the notification for the policy which is pending before the ministry. DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said the policy has been approved but following suggestions from the UD ministry, experts will be consulted to increase the FAR that would require fair amount of time.

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