Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

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.

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