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.
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.
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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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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).
The development across outskirts of Delhi will bring in about 14-16 lakh units. DDA has been unable to acquire any land over the last 10 years, which mandated the need for such a hybrid pooling policy, under the Delhi Master Plan 2021. About 20,000-25,000 acres of land will be unlocked through 95 villages and it will take about 10 years to fully develop the land. Currently, the population of Delhi is around 17 million and is expected to reach 23million by 2021. The Master Plan 2021 seeks to build housing units for all Delhiites.
According to the amendments, any delay in completion of the development by Land Pooling Agency, DDA shall pay a penalty of 2 per cent of External Development Charges (EDC) per year for the first two years and 3 per cent of EDC per year thereafter to the Developer Entities (DE) (farmers/land owners) for delay beyond the date of completion of the construction by DE or five years whichever is later till the external development works are completed.
Also, farmers who are willing to participate in land pooling but are unable to pay EDC would be allowed to give up a part of the returnable residential land. In such cases, they will get 35 per cent of the returnable residential land instead of 43 per cent. This will be exercised at the time of submission of applications for participation in land pooling.
Developer Entities (farmers/land owners participating in Land Pooling) shall mandatorily undertake construction of houses for EWS amounting to 15 per cent FAR over and above the maximum permissible residential FAR (400 per cent). The EWS housing will be constructed as an independent block. Also, the developer entities have to ensure that entire FAR for residential purposes will be utilised.
Under the land pooling policy, which was notified in September 2013, landowners can pool their land for development by DDA. But instead of compensation, the owners will get 48-60% of the land back after the authority has set up the infrastructure.
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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