DDA’s land-pool­ing por­tal to be up this month

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Sid­[email protected] times­group.com

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.

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