Every family knows that it is very difficult and expensive to own a house in Capital City-Delhi. But with the recent announcement of DDA (Delhi Development Authority) to convert Dwarka as the Smart City has given hopes to many.

DDA Land Pooling Policy

DDA Land Pooling Policy

Total land covered under land pooling spread across four approved zones is approximately 47000 hectares. Zone N has approximately 9,670 hectares, Zone L has 11,600 he spread across 7,365 hectares and P2 has around 6,270 hectares.

Delhi Smart City

Delhi Smart City

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has prepared a PPP Model for the Development of the residential area in Delhi Smart City MPD 2021 (approved by Urban Development Ministry).

L Zone Smart City

L Zone Smart City

In order to answer to millions of dreams and hopes the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 has introduced the concept of 'Land Pooling' for the first time in the area of L zone Smart City. This includes land for residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, public and semi-public, transportation and govt utilities.



Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that his government will notify all villages earmarked under the land pooling policy as ‘development’ areas if the Centre allots 10% of the developed land to the state government.

Kejriwal said the state government requires land for infrastructure projects — construction of schools, hospitals and bus depots — which the DDA has ‘failed’ to provide despite the government willing to pay its cost.

The land pooling policy is tipped as the future of planned and affordable housing in the Capital. The policy was notified by the DDA in September, 2013. Under the scheme, land owners can pool their land and hand it over to the DDA which will develop it before returning a portion to the owner. The land owners can then rope in real estate developers to come up with residential properties.

Delhi government in no hurry to clear land pooling policy

But for the work to start, the Delhi government’s urban development department is required to notify these urbanised villages, identified by the DDA, as ‘development’ areas. Most of these 95 villages fall in outer Delhi of southwest, west, northwest and north districts of the city.

“Wrong information is being spread that land pooling policy is stuck due to Delhi government. Months ago, we sent a proposal to the Centre demanding that of the 45% developed land that would go to DDA under the policy, 10% should be given to the Delhi government…The day government accepts our demand, we will clear the file within 24 hours,” Kejriwal said while addressing gathering on Friday.




The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning three new sub-cities on 631 hectares of land in Rohini, Dwarka and Narela.

A total of 259 hectares of land has been identified in Rohini, 218 hectares in Narela and 154 hectare in Dwarka.DDA vice-chairman Arun Goel said, “The project has been approved by the ministries and departments concerned in a meeting held around a week ago.”The housing agency has invited consultants for preparing a detailed report for the project.The new cities will be built on the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD). It means that the area will have accessibility to public transport such as Metro trains and DTC buses.Secondly, markets will be built in a way that people do not have to depend upon personal vehicles to reach there.There will also be space for office complexes.A senior DDA official said the newly-developed sub-cities will be a complete Wi-Fi zone.

“Our focus is on ensuring that this area is developed like a green zone. There will be enough space for parks and plantation will be done along the roadside,” he said.

According to a rough estimate, it will take around 4-5 years to complete the project.

“A major problem that Delhi is facing is that our roads are designed in a way that they are car-friendly and not pedestrianfriendly. We want to reduce people’s dependency of personal vehicles, therefore, we will also explore the possibility of building a cycle track in these cities,” he said.

Sources in DDA said that it is expected that the consultants will submit their report in the next three months.

DDA will first examine the report for Dwarka followed by Narela and Rohini. The process will take around three months.

Thereafter, it will go for scrutiny by the higher officials of the authority. Once approved, DDA will invite tenders for starting construction of the project.

“It is expected that in sixmonths time, DDA will be in a position to start the construction,” he said.DDA claims that it will provide 24-hours electricity in the new sub-cities.

The agency will also rope in specialists to prepare a plan so that streets are designed in a way that there are no traffic jams in the inner lanes of the locality.




Delhi, the nation’s capital, has been the biggest loser in the tug-of-war between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung. This follows the recent verdict of the High Court, wherein the Aam Aadmi Party’s dream of elevating constitutional status of Delhi received a death blow with the court asserting the LG is its “administrative head” and Delhi will continue to be a Union Territory.

The court has also set aside the AAP’s contention that the LG should act “only on the aid and advice of the ministers.” Thus, the LG’s position is re-confirmed as the ultimate authority in the State a position made more powerful after the establishment of the National Capital Territory by a constitutional amendment in 1991. The verdict was decisive as the court unambiguously stated that in matters in which the Assembly can make laws, the Ministry’s decisions should be communicated to the LG, and implemented only if LG did not disagree.


The LG has immediately ordered scrutiny of all major decisions and appointments made by the AAP government, and all orders of the autonomous bodies, corporations and other institutions under the Delhi government issued so far without reference to him and without his concurrence wherever it is required under the Constitution.

Like other metropolises, Delhi has various authorities, but under different masters. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is an elected body with Mayor as its head. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is governed by a Council with a chairman appointed by the Centre and includes the Chief Minister. The LG, who is the head of the National Capital Territory, is also the Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, which reports to the Union Urban Development Ministry.

Delhi Police falls under the Union Home Ministry. Six different agencies handle public amenities like drains, sewerage, and water pipes, and five civic bodies, and the PWD maintains roads. The division of power creates some problems in functioning and these get aggravated when political and personnel differences are allowed to interfere in development and welfare work. When parties are keen on fighting for power, public good takes a back seat yielding place to a political tug-of-war for primacy and power. Scoring points in verbal battle and legal disputes often becomes the preoccupation of political leaders.

The court also did not accept the plea that the present tussle is a “classic” federal dispute. The present tendency of State governments to present every difference between the Centre and a State as a federal dispute is overruled. There may be sound arguments for granting or not full statehood. These have to be debated and examined as a separate question. But, the present controversy is over the existing powers of the Delhi government and its administrative head –the LG.

It is undemocratic to assert and act on that assertion that massive majority won in a general election grants massive powers going beyond those granted by the Constitution. The Delhi government sought clarity on the ratio of power between its Cabinet and the NDA government at the Centre from the Supreme Court by filing a suit. But, the court refused to hear the suit and asked the Delhi government first to appeal against the High Court verdict before seeking clarification of its powers.

However, it has stated that UTs are administered by the Centre, but it doesn’t mean they become merged with the Centre. Its observation that they “retain their independent identity” is crucial for further examination of Delhi’s status. Kejriwal seems to be bent on getting full Statehood for Delhi – a demand which all political parties at one time or other and particularly during elections have advocated.

Powerlessness is felt by the Delhi government in lack of control over the police and lack of power to sanction land for various purposes. Indeed, the administration of Delhi is run by different public authorities without a unified command. Some are elected, and others placed under the Delhi State or the Centre.
The National Capital Region (NCR) created in 1991 and given a special status under 69th Amendment of the Constitution covers the metropolitan area of the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi including New Delhi and designated urban areas surrounding it in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. It is one of the biggest agglomerations in the world.

The local government of the capital is said to be “in the shadow of the national government with more restricted powers and resources than those enjoyed by other cities.” Capital cities have exposed two kinds of conflicts one, regarding the extent of power and autonomy of the local government, and the other, over the method of resolving disputes.

By Dr S Saraswathi

courtesy: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/News-Analysis/2016-08-24/Delhi-takes-a-beating-in-political-tug-of-war/250158



NEW DELHI: The urban development ministry has asked the Delhi government, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and municipal corporations to sort out issues to enable notification of land pooling policy regulations.

In a high level meeting on Tuesday chaired by Rajiv Gauba, secretary, ministry of urban development, senior officials of all the departments discussed issues like notification of 89 villages as urban areas by north MCD (50 villages) and south MCD (39 villages), notification of a total of 95 villages as urban development areas, transfer of about 12% of developed land to the Delhi government, waiver of stamp duty on transfer of developed land by DDA to farmers/promoters and verification of ‘Sajra’ maps for these villages by local authorities.

While North and South municipal bodies have passed resolutions for notifying 89 villages as urban areas, Delhi government has sought some clarifications regarding provision of civic amenities in the developed areas.

Both the MCDs have been asked by the ministry to expedite their reply to the Delhi government.

DDA in the meeting stated that transfer of developed land would be provided to the Delhi government on need basis as is being done now in accordance with the Mater Plan of Delhi.

The Delhi government was requested to consider the issue of waiver of stamp duty on transfer of developed land to farmers/developers.

It was also requested to expedite notification of the villages as urban areas and development areas. The Delhi government assured that local revenue officials would at the earliest verify the ‘Sajra’ maps of these villages falling under land pooling ambit.

The urban development ministry notified the land pooling policy (LPP) for the national capital on May 26 last year, but it is yet to be cleared by the Delhi government.

Under the policy, land parcels owned by individuals or groups are legally consolidated by transfer of ownership rights to the designated land pooling agency. The agency then transfers ownership of part of the land back to the landowners for developing such areas.

Source from: http://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/regulatory/land-pooling-moud-asks-delhi-govt-dda-mcds-to-sort-out-issues-for-notification-of-rules/55185399



The online applications process for affordable homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) starts today, with an aim to bring more people under the ambit of the Modi-government’s flagship scheme.

The scheme was launched by PM Narendra Modi on 25 June 2015 and envisages Housing for All by 2022. It involves building of more than two crore houses in a span of seven years.

The beneficiaries are poor and people living under EWS and LIG categories in the country.

The scheme is divided into three phases. In the first phase, a total of 100 cities will be covered from April 2015 to March 2017. In phase two, 200 cities will be covered from April 2017 to March 2019. In the third phase, the leftover cities will be covered from April 2019 to March 2022.

The government is providing an interest subsidy of 6.5 per cent on housing loans which can be availed by beneficiaries for 15 years from start of loan date.

The government will grant Rs 1 lakh to all the beneficiaries of the scheme. In addition, Rs 1.5 lakh will be given to all eligible urban poor who want to construct their houses in urban areas or plan to go for renovation in their existing houses. One can also avail loans under this scheme to build toilets in existing houses.