The Delhi government, which has been demanding land from the Central government for long, has now written to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), seeking land at token prices. The DDA is currently headed by an official of the Ministry of Urban Development.
“Land used for social welfare schemes could be given to the government for Re 1 per year,” the government’s letter said.
After police, it is land that has been a subject of confrontation between the Centre and the Delhi government. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has, on several occasions, mentioned the state government’s right to land. He has maintained that if the government was constructing structures for public welfare, it should be given land at nominal rates.
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The government told the DDA that land was an essential component for creating social and other infrastructure for development schemes, like building schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, dispensaries, night shelters, roads, bus depots and government offices, among others. “The DDA, among other government agencies, is equally responsible for creating such infrastructure,” said the letter.
The government suggested that the DDA should consider giving land to the Delhi government at Re 1 per year for road, public transport, health, education, night shelters, public conveniences such as fire stations, community bathrooms and public toilets. For mixed use of land, the DDA could charge a “no-profit, no-loss” price for land which is largely used for public purposes with smaller portions used for commercial activities, the government said.
“For land where large portions are used for commercial activity and smaller portions for public purposes, zonal variant rate can be charged. For land that is used for commercial purposes, only market rate could be charged,” an official said.