NO PVT LAND FOR DDA
A senior DDA official, privy to the development said, the changes were made as the authority has no adequate system and manpower to prevent encroachment. “After the examination of the issue of possible illegal occupation of land designated for development under the land pooling policy, it has been decided that the DDA will not acquire land title or its physical possession. The DDA has been unable to stop squatters. If private land is gone, it will lead to legal cases,” the official said.
Citing shortage of enforcement staff as the biggest issue, the official further said the entire process to develop infrastructure under the policy is going to take at least three-five years. Therefore, the challenge before the authority was how to keep the land mafia or encroachers at bay in this period of time.
“The other complication we anticipated was that the owner himself might allow encroachment or sell land after handing it over to the DDA. Considering all these possibilities, the policy was altered,” he said.
“The DDA will not be a custodian. Roads will be built by the PWD or the concerned agency. We will issue licence to the land owner after taking over our share in developed land after the process’ completion,” he added.