DDA’s land-pooling portal to be up this month
New Delhi: A single-window portal where land owners will be able to apply for developing land parcels under the land pooling policy of Delhi Development Authority is likely to become operational this month.
The portal for implementation of the policy promises to complete all processes, including receiving applications, verifications, grant of approvals and licenses, etc, in a time bound manner.
DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor told TOI that the portal is going to ready very soon. Sources in the authority said that it is likely to become operational by the end of January.
The land pooling policy was notified last year by the Union housing and urban affairs ministry and will be applicable in the ‘urbanisable’ areas of urban extensions in 95 villages in the capital. The policy aims to provide affordable housing by overcoming the cumbersome process of land acquisition for development and is projected to accommodate 76 lakh people.
Doing away with the traditional model of land development, which often gets mired in litigation due to complaints of paltry compensation, the policy allows pooling of land by developers who can retain 60% of the developed land for residential and com- mercial use, apart from providing public facilities. DDA will take a backseat and only play the role of a facilitator.
As the single-window portal would be the only mechanism thorough which the entire land pooling process would be carried out, DDA had last year advised land owners to start aggregating land parcels so that they are ready to apply as soon as the portal is up and running. “As per our plans, each ‘sector’ in a zone, developed under land pooling policy, must have an area of at least 200 hectares, which is a lot of land and the process of aggregating such a parcel is time consuming,” a senior DDA official said.
Land owners who have two hectares or more of land can participate under the policy. A developer entity or individual can participate in the scheme by pooling land parcels covered under a sector as per Zonal Development Plan.