L-G approves 95 villages as DDA ‘development areas’

l-zone-newsDelhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal today approved a notification to declare 95 villages as “development areas” under Land Pooling Policy (LPP), a move aimed at boosting housing projects on rural land.

As per estimate, 25 lakh affordable housing units could come up in these areas.
After approving the notification of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the L-G tweeted, “Approved notification of 95 villages as development areas of DDA. Push for affordable housing, social & physical infrastr. Needs of Delhi (sic),”

Under the LPP, agencies will develop infrastructure like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres, stadia on part of the pooled land and return a portion of the plot to the farmer who can later on execute housing projects with the help of private builders.

The L-G office said the 95 villages have been divided into five zones – K-1 (20 villages), L (30 villages), N (21 villages), P-II (23 villages), and J (1 village).

The main feature of the policy is that housing projects could be developed by builders on the returned agricultural land of farmers.

Earlier, building housing units on agricultural land of these villages was not allowed as the Land Pooling Policy (LPP) was not in place.

According to the government, if 50 acre and above of land is pooled by the DDA, the land-owning agency will have to return 60 per cent of pooled land to farmers.

In case the land pooled in 5 acres, the DDA will have to return 48 per cent of the land.

The policy implementation assumes significance as the DDA’s Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021 proposes the construction of 25 lakh housing units by 2021 for which 10,000 hectares of land will be required.

Source : http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/l-g-approves-95-villages-as-dda-development-areas-117061601134_1.html

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Declare 89 rural villages in Delhi as urban ones’

LoP says issue pending for two years

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Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta on Thursday urged Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to bring in a notification declaring 89 rural villages in the Capital urbanised villages, an issue which he claimed has been pending before the Delhi government for the past two years.

Alleging that the issue had not been taken up so far, leading to the mushrooming of unauthorised colonies in these rural areas, Mr. Gupta said that the North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations had sent proposals regarding the same to the Delhi government for notification under section 507 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, but the matter remains pending.

‘Land under Centre’

“As per the Constitution, the subject of land lies within the jurisdiction of the Central government. Therefore, if the Delhi Chief Minister fails to fulfil this duty, the L-G, being the head of the government, can issue the notification with regard to declaration of 89 rural villages as urbanised villages,” Mr. Gupta said.

He added that the matter has been raised during the Delhi Development Authority’s meetings over the last two months, with the L-G assuring appropriate action in the matter at the earliest. It is high time that this assurance is fulfilled, he said.

“Due to the non-issuance of the pending declaration, the land mafia is fast developing unauthorised colonies. On the one hand, the affected residents are being denied civic services and on the other hand, the land mafia is selling land at exorbitant prices by developing unauthorised colonies. Even Delhi Ministers are involved in these undesirable activities,” Mr. Gupta alleged.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/declare-89-rural-villages-in-delhi-as-urban-ones/article18430675.ece

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Kejriwal leads roadshow to meet farmers, talks land-pooling policy

Under LPP, farmers can pool their land and give it to the DDA to develop infrastructure; aim to raise market rates for plots

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday, led a roadshow around Najafgarh and Matiala to talk to the farmers in the rural constituencies about the Land Pooling Policy (LPP) that was recently notified by the Delhi government.

The road show started from Nawada metro station, from where the CM and his motorcade first reached Chhawla Village, where he addressed over 50 farmers on the new policy.

“I have come here to give you the good news that we have cleared the Land Pooling Policy for your benefit. This could happen after a lot of hard work because we were not allowed to get this cleared, but we finally managed to do it,” he said at Chhawla’s Panchayat Ghar.

‘High circle rate’

Under the LPP, farmers can pool their land and give it to the DDA, which would develop infrastructure such as roads, schools, parks and hospitals on part of the accumulated land and return the rest to the farmers, who can later sell it to private builders for undertaking housing projects. This policy is meant to be beneficial to farmers, who will be able to sell their returned agricultural land to builders and developers at market rates.

Mr. Kejriwal also congratulated the people of Najafgarh that their MLA Kailash Gahlot was now a part of the cabinet. “Kailash Gahlot is the third MLA in the history of Delhi to be made a Minister from a rural constituency. It is not just his achievement but a victory for all of you,” he said.

At Pandwala Village and Khera Dabar too, Kejriwal spoke to the farmers about LPP. He said that his government had fixed a circle rate at high as ₹3crore per acre, but this rate was scrapped by the then L-GNajeeb Jung. However, not all the famers were happy with the terms of LPP. Some complained that a higher circle rate should be fixed for their land, while others said if portions of their land are taken for development then land equivalent to that should be compensated at some other part of the city.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/kejriwal-leads-roadshow-to-meet-farmers-talks-land-pooling-policy/article18579503.ece

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal To Hold Meetings With Farmers On Land Pooling Policy

Around 20-25 lakh housing units will come up in these urbanised villages in the next five-to-10 years.

arvind-kejriwal-afp-650_650x400_81493182219NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a series of meetings with farmers on the Land Pooling Policy (LPP) that was recently notified by the AAP government. Labour Minister Gopal Rai said the first meeting of the chief minister with the farmers will be held on May 25 in Matiala and Najafgarh. Both constituencies cover substantial rural areas.

“The chief minister will directly interact with farmers in Matiala and Najafgarh constituencies on May 25. In the second phase, he will interact with farmers in Narela and other areas,” Mr Rai, who is also AAP’s Delhi convener, said.

Last week, the Kejriwal government had declared 89 villages as urban areas which would help the authorities develop infrastructure projects in those localities.

Under the policy, government agencies would develop infrastructure like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres, stadia on part of the pooled land and return a portion of the plot to the farmer who can later on execute housing projects with the help of private builders.
Around 20-25 lakh housing units will come up in these urbanised villages in the next five-to-10 years and this will ensure properties are available at affordable rates.

The main feature of the policy is that housing projects could be developed by builders on the returned agricultural land.

Earlier, building housing units on agricultural land of these 89 villages was not allowed as the LPP was not in place.

Source : http://www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/arvind-kejriwal-to-hold-meetings-with-farmers-on-land-pooling-policy-1696905?browserpush=true

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DELHI: LAND POOLING TO PAVE WAY FOR 24 LAKH NEW HOUSES IN DWARKA-LIKE SUB-CITIES

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Delhi government says that two of the total five zones identified for land pooling have the required physical and economic characteristics to evolve as self-sufficient sub-cities

New Delhi: The land pooling policy will fuel a housing boom in the Capital with 24 lakh dwelling units to become available in the next five years.

As per the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021, based on a projected population of 230 lakh by 2021, Delhi would require an about 24 lakh new dwelling units. Till date, the Delhi Development Authority has built only 11.69 lakh residential units in the city.

Under the policy, the owners will have an option to give their land to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for development. After the roads, and water, power, sewage lines are laid, a part of the developed land will be returned to the owners who can then build apartments on it by partnering with real estate developers.

For implementation of the policy across 89 villages which were declared urbanised on Wednesday, the areas have been divided in five zones — L, N, P-II, K-I and J. The land parcels for development fall west, north-west, south, south-west and north Delhi. The DDA claims it would see the emergence of new sub-cities such as Dwarka that came up in the late 1990s.

Planned housing is also expected to help prevent growth of illegal colonies across the city.

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Zone N and L best areas

Of the total five zones, at least two — Zone N and L — have the required physical and economic characteristics to evolve as self-sufficient sub-cities, the Delhi government’s urban development department said.

“Zone N is the best as it is close to NH-10 and has the highest water table of 40-60 feet. It will also be connected by extension of Rithala-Narela Metro line planned under Phase-IV,” an official said. Zone N covers an area of 13,975 hectares and includes villages like Kanjhawla, parts of Bawana, Chandpur, Salahpur Majra, and so on.

Zone L is situated next to Dwarka which recently got a new water treatment facility. It is also the largest pocket with an area of 22,840 hectares and includes parts of Najafgarh, Dichaon Kalan, Qazipur and Samaspur Khalsa.

Zone J is the smallest with just one village, Neb Sarai.

Challenges

Experts say several areas earmarked for land pooling are already among Delhi’s most water-stressed zones.

“The DDA and Delhi government will have to work together to revive defunct water reservoirs in the city to meet the demand in the newly developed areas,” said Ramesh Menon, director, Certes Realty.

Development in these areas is going to be vertical leading to higher population density which would need a robust water, sewage and transport network. Dwarka was developed as a sub-city too, but it got adequate water supply only two years ago. Similarly, Vasant Kunj too was supposed to be a planned sub-city, but the area too faced water crisis.

“The success of land pooling policy would lie in the coordination between agencies like DDA, MCDs, PWD. Last mile connectivity is also going to be a challenge,” he added.

Benefit for land owners

According to the DDA, the land, which will be returned to farmers, will be like a “gold mine” as they would get fully developed residential pockets that they can later sell off at very good rate. They can even enter into an agreement with developers, which could facilitate building and selling residential units.

Those giving their land will also have to pay an External Development Charge (EDC). When asked if the EDC clause would deter owners from surrendering their plots, a DDA official said, “It is because of this that we have included the provision of waiving off EDC in lieu of 8% developed residential land. We are charging an EDC of Rs.1 crore for 1 acre of land, which comes to around Rs 2,500 per square feet. They are low by the standards in Delhi.”

Source : www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/delhi-land-pooling-to-pave-way-for-24-lakh-new-houses-in-dwarka-like-sub-cities/story-UvpkdyVKm7Ldj2rlFg8YuN.html

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