89 ‘Urbanised’ Villages To Get ‘Development Areas’ Tag Soon

Once the villages, declared “urbanised” on May 16, are notified as “development areas”, the DDA and the Delhi government will be able to carry out infrastructure projects there.

Stuck for almost two years, the policy was finally given the green light when Urban Development Department of the Delhi government issued a notification after Lt. Governor Anil Baijal approved the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) Land-Pooling Policy (LPP).

The dispute between the Delhi Government and the DDA on certain rule amendments saw the policy go nowhere, while unscrupulous elements announced projects and collected monies from naïve buyers with the promise of a house in Delhi. Land in Delhi is controlled by the Lieutenant-Governor, and by extension the Centre. Now, say sources, the revenue department will initiate the second step of the policy and declare the villages as development areas. These villages are spread over about 77,000 acres of land, of which around 40,000 acres developed land will be available for real estate development.

All the villages to be developed under the policy are located in west, north and north-western parts of Delhi.

In case DDA delays the development of the pooled land, it will pay penalty to the landowners/farmers of 2 per cent of the External Development Charges (EDC) for the first two years and 3 per cent for the period thereafter in case of delay beyond the completion of the project or five years, whichever is later.

“A total of 95 urbanised villages will be declared as development areas under section 12 of the Delhi Development Authority Act within two-three days”.

Mr Jain said that border villages will not come up under the Land-Pooling policy. With the policy pending for so long, DDA officials pointed out cases of builders selling flats in the villages where the policy would be implemented. Recently, DDA issued a notice warning people that land pooling policy was yet to be operationalised. The policy was notified in September 2013, but the regulations for its implementations were notified only in May 2015. But all will depend on how and at what pace the supply of land is released by DDA. On contributing 2-20 hectares to the land pool, the developer entity will be compensated with plots measuring 48% of the original.

He added the rest of the land would be used to build parks, roads, schools and other public facilities. For 20 hectares or more, the developer entity will get 60% of the land, but not necessarily at the same location. DDA will be responsible for the development of basic civic infrastructure like sewerage and water lines in the area.