Land pooling policy in Delhi simplified
Land pooling policy in Delhi has now been made easy. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has simplified the land pooling process for building housing for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The DDA will now act as a facilitator and planner as against the role initially envisaged for it as part of simplification of execution of the land pooling policy, a government release stated. The decision was taken in a meeting between Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the Chairman of DDA. Durga Shanker Mishra, secretary at the ministry and vice-chairman of DDA, also attended the meeting. Under the land pooling policy, 60 percent of pooled land would be returned to landowners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48 percent, if land pooled, is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60 percent of returned land, 53 percent will be for residential purposes, 5 percent for city level commercial use and 2 percent for public and semipublic use. In the other case, the same would be 43 percent, 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Affordable houses for economically weaker sections to be built under the policy shall be of 32-40 sq m. Half of this housing stock shall be retained by the DE to house community service people working for the residents/ owners of the group housing. These houses will be built at the site or on premises contiguous to the site allotted. The other half shall be sold to DDA at the base cost of Rs. 2,000 per square feet for further sale to beneficiaries.