DDA approves policy to purchase private land through negotiations
Delhi Development Authority has now given approval for a policy to purchase private land through negotiations, along with this the authorities also gave approval for the regulations for making the land pooling policy operational it was approved by Lieutenant- Governor Najeeb Jung, who is also the chairperson of DDA, at an authority meeting on 7th November, Friday. Commenting on the DDA’s decision for the approval of the policies, DDA spokesperson said that the land acquisition under the New Land Acquisition Act has become difficult and time consuming task. Many infrastructure and housing projects are on hold as DDA was not able to acquire land. The officials said, “The DDA has approved the policy for purchase of private land through negotiations. This policy has been formulated on the pattern followed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. A two-tier committee, comprising senior DDA officials and the vice chairperson, will be set up for conducting the negotiations.” As per the Delhi Master Plan 2021, it is mandatory for DDA to undertake urbanisation of an area of about 24,000 hectare through land pooling policy. In September 2013 government has notified the policy and was made applicable in areas like South, West and Northwest of Delhi. Further the officials said, “DDA has also approved the regulations for making land pooling policy operational. The policy envisages public- private partnership in land assembly and development. The policy will enable urban development at a rapid pace and the role of the DDA will be of a facilitator.” As per DDA’s a recent statement the regulations for this policy have been worked out in consultation with the stakeholders, including the general public.