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.


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.”

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Delhi Comes Closer to the Smart City Mission, as Govt. Approves Land Pooling Policy

The Lt. Governor of Delhi, His Excellency Shri Anil Baijal has paved the way for proper implementation of the long-pending land pooling policy in the national capital by notifying 89 rural villages as urban areas. The most talked about land pooling policy, which is all set to blow up the urban limits of the capital, was notified by the ministry of urban development (MoUD) in the month of September 2013, while the regulations for proper operationalisation of the policy were given the nod in May 2015 by the ministry.

However, the LLP was stuck over a few public welfare demands by the government of Delhi on getting 10% of the pooled land to develop hospitals, schools, etc.

The DDA is all set develop public utility infrastructure like roads and hospitals on part of the pooled land and give back a substantial part or portion of the plot to the owner. The returned portion of that piece of land will have its value raised due to the development of infrastructure nearby.

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A Few Salient Highlights of LLP

  • LPP brings farmers a unique opportunity to bring forth with small parcels of land and get them assembled and arranged together for the new redevelopment purpose.
  • Once that particular piece of land is developed, around 48-60% of the land is given back to the original owner.
  • The entire national capital has been divided into 15 zones, out of which 6 zones come under LPP and the greatest one is L-Zone, Dwarka in which more than 4-5 lakh housing units are supposed to be developed.

LPP, when implemented properly can generate around 20,000-25,000 hectares of high utility land. The LLP has the potential of reconstructing and redeveloping low residential zones and actualizing the vision of MPD-2021.


The Incredible Advantages of LPP at a Glance:

  • The LLP will entirely put a full stop to the land acquisition policy while further preventing the rise in land prices.
  • In the past, land acquisition policy did not have any transparency and farmers were left with unfair compensation for their land.
  • The LLP will strengthen and empower the public-private relationship while reducing the role of DDA to that of a facilitator only.
  • The LLP will accelerate and speed up the mission of turning Delhi into a smart city while redeveloping these villages as per the standards of MOD-2021.
  • The LLP will also bring a boom in the employment opportunities in the real estate sector. As the construction work goes up, need for workers increases.

After the nod to the land pooling policy for the 89 villages, the Delhi government will not be in need to purchase land from the Delhi Development Authority for developing facilities like stadiums, industrial areas, electrical sub-stations, old-age homes, hostels, schools, etc. The LPP principally aims at getting individuals or a group of agriculture land-owners – residing in urban villages on national capital’s periphery – to pool their land and render it to the DDA.


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DDA land pooling policy approved

The Ministry of Urban Development has approved the regulations for land pooling policy in Delhi, which will pave way for the development of about 100 residential projects across the outer part of the capital.

The policy of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was approved with five amendments, according to officials in the urban development ministry. The amendments include timely external development of necessary infrastructure by the DDA, enabling farmers in paying the development charges, ensure mandatory housing for economically weaker sections (EWS), transparency in allotment of returnable land and full utilisation of approved floor area ratio (FAR).

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New Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta has written to the Union Urban Development Ministry seeking to authorise Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to implement Land Pooling Policy, claiming it will provide cheaper houses to 20 lakh families.

In a press release, Gupta alleged that the Delhi government is intentionally not implementing this scheme and, therefore, lakhs of families are not getting cheaper houses and farmers are not getting remunerative prices of their land.

“Standing Committees of South Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation had given their approval to urbanise 89 villages of the capital. Map prepared by DDA based on this approval of municipal corporations, was sent to Revenue Department of the Delhi government for verification of relevant khasras and for issue of notification.

“Delhi government has kept matter pending intentionally so that Union government is not able to claim credit for providing cheaper housing to the poor,” the BJP leader alleged.

He also claimed that DDA wanted to declare 95 villages of the national capital as a development area for their development but Delhi government does not want this to happen.

“Delhi government is creating a number of obstacles in the matter. That is why notification to declare 89 villages as urbanised villages have not been issued so far.

“For the reason, number of legal hurdles is coming in the way of developing these villages as a scheme of Union government to provide houses to 20 lakh people is intentionally blocked by Delhi government,” he said.

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