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Land pooling policy cleared with some changes

The land pooling policy,which envisages public-private-partnership in land assembly and development in Delhi,was approved on Friday with some modifications.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: July 27, 2013 12:31:05 am

The land pooling policy,which envisages public-private-partnership in land assembly and development in Delhi,was approved on Friday with some modifications.

The decision was taken in the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) meeting chaired by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung who took over charge on July 9.

This policy aims at involving private parties in planning and developing land pockets with residential and commercial components,something which was done exclusively by DDA until now.

Under the policy,land parcels owned by individuals or a group of owners are legally consolidated by transfer of ownership rights to the designated land pooling agency (in this case the DDA). The land pooling agency later transfers ownership of a part of the land back to the owners for development of such areas.

One of the modifications include changes in the two categories identified for the minimum land pooling size. While Category-I remains the same,in Category-II,the pooling size has been reduced from

3 hectares to 2 hectares.

“Now,the two categories approved will be 20 hectares and above,and 2 hectares to 20 hectares,” DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said.

This modification was made after a hearing conducted by the Board of Enquiry and after taking into consideration the suggestions and objections invited from the public for the proposed amendment in the Master Plan-2021,which is under review.

“The percentage return to the development entity or owner in the first category will be 60 per cent (53 per cent residential,5 per cent commercial and 2 per cent public & semi-public). For the second category,this will be 48 per cent (43 per cent residential,3per cent commercial,2 per cent Public & semi-public),” Dhar said.

Earlier,in the second category,the percentage return to owner was 40 per cent and was to be used for residential purposes only. The ground coverage has also been increased from 33 per cent to 40 per cent.

“For housing provision for economically weaker sections (EWS),the developer entity is required to hand over 50 per cent of the EWS units to DDA for disposal. The remaining 50 per cent of the units will be disposed by developer entity,” Dhar said.

The Board has also recommended that private developers be allowed to participate in development of infrastructure. “DDA will be setting up a separate cell comprising its planning,engineering,land management,legal and finance and accounts departments for implementation of the policy. In this new approach,all plans will be prepared through GIS technology by exact superimposition of land use plans on revenue maps,” a DDA official said.

Necessary amendments,if required,will be taken up in Delhi Land Reforms Act,1954,Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,1957,Delhi Development Act,1957,and Land Acquisition Act,1894.

Meanwhile, modifications were also suggested in the already notified motels policy. “The ground coverage of motels falling in the air funnel where there are height restrictions,has been increased from 40 per cent to 50 per cent to achieve enhanced FAR. This recommendation of the Board of Enquiry was approved by DDA,” Dhar said. This will allow motels near the airport to go vertical.

Another amendment is “to include all such proposals of motels which were in process of examination or matter challenged in a court or having approval in files from DDA or MCD or not acceded to due to enforcement of MPD-2021 on 7.2.2007,are also eligible for sanction.”

Other issues of land use change and allotment of already constructed housing for economically weaker section were also taken up.

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