The ‘farm’ story so far

Here’s the low­down on the Cap­i­tal’s farm­houses, now es­ti­mated to be close to 3000

HT Estates - - Front Page - Arati Bhar­gava

In Delhi, as per a sur­vey con­ducted by the civic body about three years ago, there were 2800 farm­houses dot­ting about 7500 acres. Of­fi­cials es­ti­mate that the num­ber of farm­houses now might well be close to 3000, cov­er­ing 10,000 acres. While in var­i­ous states land comes un­der the purview of the state govern­ment, in Delhi it is un­der the Cen­tral govern­ment. Of­fi­cials said that in the last two decades around 5000 acres of land had been no­ti­fied in 13 vil­lages by the union ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­istry.

All farm­houses on the no­ti­fied land stood to be af­fected by the ac­qui­si­tion no­ti­fi­ca­tion and the mat­ter went to court.

Af­ter a long le­gal bat­tle, the court re­port­edly held (in 2009) that the land can be ac­quired. Fol­low­ing protests by those who were to be im­pacted by the ac­qui­si­tion no­tices or had con­structed be­yond the per­mis­si­ble limit, the govern­ment pro­vided pro­tec­tion to the farm­houses with the rider that noth­ing was to change till the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (DDA) for­mu­lated a pol­icy in con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers. The present dead­line for with­hold­ing ac­tion on the ac­qui­si­tion is De­cem­ber 31 this year. It is ex­pected that the govern­ment will make the farm­house pol­icy be­fore that.

Whether the DDA will ac­com­mo­date the ob­jec­tions by the non-of­fi­cial mem­bers or roll out the highly-gen­er­ous con­ces­sions to not just the ex­ist­ing farm­houses but also to those yet to come up, re­mains to be seen.

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