Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday made an official statement that it has simplified the land pooling process for building housing for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). This step has been taken to facilitate the process of providing affordable housing in the city. The plan is to set up a single window clearance mechanism for affordable housing projects.
The land pooling policy envisages a group of people pooling their land and giving it to the DDA, which would then develop basic infrastructure like roads, drains and sewage on it. Once the basic infrastructure has been set up, a part of the "developed land" is given back to the original owners and the owners will be required to construct a pre-agreed number of economical housing there.
The owners are free to retain 50 per cent of housing developed by them and sell the rest to DDA at Rs 2,000 per sqft. DDA then sells the housing to beneficiaries who fall under EWS.
Earlier, the pooled land had to first be changed to the DDA's name and after development, it had to be changed back to the owners' names, an official told IANS. But the current change doesn’t require transfer of ownership so many times. According to the new policy, the land will remain in the owners' name throughout the process, which the authorities believe would simplify it.
The decision was taken in a meeting between Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the Chairman of DDA.
DDA officials have been asked to formulate necessary regulations under the policy as per the changes in a month's time. The agency is expecting some 22,000 hectares of land to be pooled which could meet the needs of about 95 lakh people.
"Land pooling would catalyse economic, social and civic development of the national capital besides triggering substantial investments and employment generation," the statement added.