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The Land Pooling Policy got approval from DDA i.e. Delhi Development Authority Delhi on Friday in the meeting chaired by Anil Baijal, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. This approval paves way for the construction of 17 lakh new houses to offer housing accommodation to 76 lakh people.

The decision on Land Pooling Policy was awaited from past few years and finally got sanctioned from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Friday. Under this policy, several areas of 95 villages will be developed as urban extensions. Apart from offering affordable housing, this policy is likely to give an escalation to economic development which will result in one lakh job creation.

DDA, the Delhi Development Authority will act as a facilitator and planner in this policy whereas the developers will be responsible for developing projects. The developers owning land of any size can participate in the Land Pooling Policy although the area they own should minimum be of two hectares. The participating Developer Entity (DE)/ individual in this scheme by pooling land parcels covered under a sector according to the Zonal Development Plan.

The infrastructure development will take place as an Integrated Sector-based planning approach in which each sector will cover 250 to 300 hectares of land. All sectors with a minimum of 70% contiguous land in a developable area in any sector with encumbrances free land parcels will become eligible under the recently approved Land Pooling Policy. While keeping water availability, physical and social infrastructure and their impact on the environment in mind, DDA decided to cut the earlier FAR [Floor Area Ratio] of 400 to 200. Thus, the housing units also dropped in numbers from 24 lakh to 17 lakhs under the Land Pooling Policy.

Under this policy, five lakh housing units will be dedicatedly built for the EWS [Economically Weaker Section] and 15% more FAR has been approved for this section in order to promote Affordable housing in the society.

The uniform division of land has also been replaced by the Differential land return in two categories in the ratio of 60:40 in the modified Policy which will benefit small landholders/farmers. The provision for achieving a vertical mix of residential, commercial and PSP at the building level is also introduced to match with the new forms of development. The building and infrastructure aspects of development will be regulated with the recently introduced Additional Development Controls.

The development of infrastructural facilities like water, power, greenery and other social setup will be the core responsibility of the Service providing agencies. It is essential to use 40% of the land area for these services that too in a timely manner. According to the policy, the developer will be responsible for the internal development of land under residential, commercial and public & semi-public facilities.

The construction of buildings under the policy is required to follow green building norms predefined within the MPD and building such as dual pipeline, maximum use of recycled water for non-potable purposes, conservation of rainwater, zero waste technology etc. Also, it is mandatory to utilize 10% of all energy consumption via solar energy or other renewable energy sources.

DDA has also opened a Single Window System in order to work on the lines of ‘ease of doing business’ along with a two-stage Grievance Redressal Mechanism within DDA.