In a bid to ensure sufficient space matching the growing demand for housing in the national capital, the Centre has simplified the land pooling policy for Delhi. As per its newest scheme of things, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will act as a facilitator and planner instead of acting as a Developer Entity (DE), the role it was earlier given, said official sources, adding that title deed transfer of pooled land will not be required for developing it. DDA has been directed to immediately initiate spatial and services planning for the five zones covered under land pooling policy so that it could be given immediate effect after finalization of regulations under the changed policy.
Under the new policy, 22,000 hectares of land is expected to be pooled which could meet the needs of around 95 lakh people. Land pooling will not only catalyze economic, social and civic development of Delhi but will also facilitate substantial investments and job generation. Under the land pooling policy, 60% of pooled land will be returned to the owners after infrastructure development, if the pooled land is 20 hectares and above and 48% if the land pooled is between 2 and 20 hectares. Of the 60% returned land, 53% will be for residential purpose, 5 percent for city-level commercial use and 2 percent for public and semi-public use. In the second case, the same would be 43%, 3 percent and 2 percent respectively, they claimed.