Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, on June 16, 2017, approved a notification to declare 95 villages as ‘development areas’ under the Land Pooling Policy (LPP), in a move aimed at boosting housing projects on rural land. As per estimates, 25 lakh affordable housing units could come up in these areas.
After approving the notification of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the L-G tweeted, “Approved notification of 95 villages as development areas of DDA. Push for affordable housing, social and physical infrastructure needs of Delhi.” Under the LPP, agencies will develop infrastructure like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres and stadia, on part of the pooled land and return a portion of the plot to the farmer, who can later on execute housing projects with the help of private builders.
The L-G’s office said the 95 villages have been divided into five zones – K-1 (20 villages), L (30 villages), N (21 villages), P-II (23 villages) and J (1 village). The main feature of the policy is that housing projects could be developed by builders, on the returned agricultural land of farmers. Earlier, building housing units on agricultural land of these villages was not allowed, as the Land Pooling Policy was not in place.
According to the government, if 50 acres and above of land is pooled by the DDA, the land-owning agency will have to return 60 per cent of pooled land to farmers. In case the land pooled is 5 acres, the DDA will have to return 48 per cent of the land.
The policy implementation assumes significance, as the DDA’s Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021, proposes construction of 25 lakh housing units by 2021, for which 10,000 hectares of land will be required.