With an estimated population of 1.94 crores by 2018, Delhi is probably on the verge of gaining the third position in the list of the most populated metropolitans in the world. It would rank just after Tokyo. However, it is worth noting that the resources available in Delhi are just sufficient for curbing a population of around 1.5 crore people. It is also important to note that recently there has been no increase or improvement seen in the facilities and resources available in the national capital while the population graph is increasing day by day. Hence, there is this dire need of creating solutions that can easily do away with land issues along with the issues pertaining to other facilities needed by the common people. Because of the increasing rates of land, direct land acquisition is something that is impossible. Builders and citizens are facing great difficulties because of this.
After several years of stress-free sleep, the Delhi government has suddenly woke up and it has initiated one of the largest and the most advantageous reform policies for overseeing the land issues that are faced by the citizens of the national capital. The Land Pooling Policy in Delhi comes as a ray of hope for people who were actually in a completely negative environment till date. Some of the most important features of this policy include single window systems and high floor area ratio.
The land pooling policy has come into effect because of the joint efforts of the government and the Delhi development Authority. The policy aims at acquiring approximately 40, 000 acres of land in rural areas such as Narela, Najafgarh and Bwana. This major advancement or change shall improve the life of the Delhi people drastically.
Some noteworthy features of the Land Pooling Policy include:
• As per order, there would be minimum interference on the part of the DDA. The DDA shall just operate in the form of a facilitator in chucking out the layout scheme; in deciding the allotment procedure and in setting up the participation deadline. The Delhi Development Authority holds the authorization to set up a separate unit for taking care of the certifications and the approvals for the applications of land pooling.
• FAT or Floor Area Ratio of 400 shall be applicable for the whole residential land or Group Housing. This would be excluding the 15% FAR that has been reserved for EWS or Economically Weaker Section housing. The total housing development land should be maximum of 55% of the gross housing land.
• 250 should be the FAR for public and semi-public development at urban level.
• The group landowners or the individual landowners will have the flexibility of assembling or surrendering land within a specific time for unified planning, servicing and other activities.
• DDA shall take the sole responsibility for the development of physical infrastructure such as power supply, transportation and traffic, water supply and other facilities.
• A part of land shall be retained by the landowners irrespective of the use of land committed to the development plan.
•The DE or Developer Entity and the DDA will take up the responsibility of the smooth functioning of the land pooling process along with various other facilities.
The advantages of Land Pooling Policy include:
• The policy shall successfully eliminate the issue of acquisition of land and provide great relief to the farmers.
• LPP will be highly advantageous to the farmers and the landowners as they will get a part of their land back at a completely new location. They will also get the flexibility of setting their price of their land to be sold off at market rates.
• There would be no place for unauthentic residential societies that pollute Delhi on a very large scale. They will simply sit back to witness the development.
There are manifold advantages of the Land Pooling Policy and they can easily be understood by the common people. The policy comes in the form of an initiative that will directly reach the people and change their lives for the good.
Covering the Gap between the Citizens and the Land Pooling Policy
Property developers have successfully accumulated 20, 000 acres of land by way of the land pooling policy and there can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that this pooled land shall be put to good use. One of the leading property developers in Delhi namely the Diamond Multi State CGHS holds the top position in the list of property developers coming up with residential units under LPP in the national capital. This property development group has also completed various development assignments by taking the assistance of the land pooling policy. This has benefitted a large number of Delhi citizens giving them residential units that they had always dreamt of. Therefore, it would not be wrong to state that the Diamond Multi State CGHS is actually doing complete justice to MPD 2021 and LPP that have come into effect with the sole objective of “housing to all by 2021”.