Land pool­ing can solve hous­ing is­sues

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

AC­CORD­ING TO THE MOD­I­FIED LAND POOL­ING POL­ICY, NOW THE DE­VEL­OP­ERS WILL GET 60% OF THE LAND WHILE THE DDA WILL KEEP ONLY 40% OF IT

NEWDELHI: Get­ting a dream house in the na­tional cap­i­tal at an af­ford­able price will no longer be a dis­tant dream for res­i­dents if t he Delhi Developmen­t Au­thor­ity (DDA) for­mally rolls out its ‘land pool­ing pol­icy’.

Dis­cussing var­i­ous state led mech­a­nisms to ac­quire, plan and ser­vice land for ur­ban­i­sa­tion, ex­perts at the WRI Con­nect Karo event cited the ex­am­ple of the land pool­ing scheme of Am­ra­vati. “In Am­ra­vati, pri­vately owned land parcels are legally con­sol­i­dated by trans­fer of own­er­ship rights to a gov­ern­ment au­thor­ity for pub­lic pur­pose reser­va­tions as des­ig­nated in the mas­ter plan. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the scheme is vol­un­tary. How­ever, land re­served for cap­i­tal city area developmen­t could be taken com­pul­so­rily, if ne­go­ti­a­tions fail,” said Re­jeet Mathews of WRI, who has co-au­thored a pa­per on dif­fer­ent state-led mech­a­nisms to ac­quire land for ur­ban­i­sa­tion.

In Delhi’s land pool­ing pol­icy, the DDA orig­i­nally planned to keep 52% of land while 48% was given to de­vel­op­ers.

How­ever, this irked real estate de­vel­op­ers. Be­sides, it did not ben­e­fit farm­ers much to whom the land be­longed. But, ac­cord­ing to the mod­i­fied pol­icy, now the de­vel­op­ers will get 60% of the land while DDA will keep only 40% of it.

For this DDA, in Jan­uary this year, asked for gen­eral pub­lic’s ad­vice and sug­ges­tions. The au­thor­ity in a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in­vited ob­jec­tions or sug­ges­tions with re­spect to the pro­posed mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the pol­icy.

The pol­icy was no­ti­fied by the min­istry of ur­ban developmen­t in Septem­ber 2013 while the reg­u­la­tions for op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion of the pol­icy were ap­proved in May 2015 by the min­istry.

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