The Zone L of West Delhi is contemplated to be a major hub for population in the near future. The zone covers an area of 22,979 hectares and is located in the South West Delhi, hence is closest to South Delhi. The zone shares boundary with Gurgaon and is in close proximity of IGI International Airport. In order to meet the rising standard of living of the metro city life, the zone is decked with elite amenities and has access to the upcoming Delhi’s largest Golf Course. The area is surrounded by NH-10/Rohtak Road and Railway line in the North and Dwarka Sub-City in the East. Being the most well-connected zone of the city makes L Zone a highly sought after residential zone in the coming five years. The Zone L is envisioned to be the next area to ease out the space related issue in the city. If any time is the ideal time to invest in property, the time is now and the place is L Zone.
The green belt has been identified along the NCT Delhi boundary which includes all the revenue villages abutting the NCTD boundary as shown in MPD – 2021 land use plan. The farmhouses were permitted and sanctioned under the provisions of Master Plans 1962 and 2001. As per MPD 2021 the Farm Houses are now permitted only in the ‘green belt’. Delhi Government has allotted approx. 900 acres in L Zone for water reservoir. In the near future, L Zone will emerge as the most sought after property in the city.
Taking the city a step closer to another housing boom, the Union urban development ministry notified operational guidelines for implementing the land pooling policy on May 26. The policy itself was notified one-and-a-half years ago and its implementation will help Delhi Development Authority (DDA) obtain land for housing without getting mired in the lengthy land acquisition process.
Although DDA hopes to implement the policy in the next two months, it will have to wait for the Delhi government to notify 95 villages as development areas. Before that, the government has to declare 89 of these villages as urbanized. “The file in this regard is with the government. The lieutenant governor has asked it to expedite the process,” said a DDA official. Most of the villages are in west, southwest and north Delhi.
DDA officials say the policy will make it possible to build 24 lakh to 25 lakh housing units. “DDA has not acquired any land in the city in the past decade due to the stringent provisions of the Land Acquisition Act. It is a time-consuming process. This policy helps us develop infrastructure without acquiring land,” said Balvinder Kumar, vice-chairperson of the agency.
What is Land Pooling?
Land Pooling means land parcels owned by individuals or group of owners legally consolidated by transfer of ownership rights to the designated Land Pooling Agency, which transfers the ownership of the part of land back to the landowners for undertaking development for such areas, as per the provisions of the Delhi Development Act 1957 and the prescribed procedure.
The Ministry of Urban Development sanctioned the Land Pooling Policy on September 5, 2013, aiming at preventing acquisition of land without the owner’s consent. The move was also aimed to make the tedious process of land acquisition simpler and transparent in Delhi.
Role of DDA and developer
What will you get?
As per the policy, a landowner who gives 20 hectare of his land would receive 60 per cent of his pooled land back post development. Those offering between 2 and 20 hectare for development will receive at least 40 per cent of their land back. The remaining land would become DDA’s property and be built upon as per the Master Plan 2021.
The policy favours those who provide DDA with larger land parcels. On contributing 2-20 hectares, the owners will be compensated with plots measuring 48% of the original. For 20 hectares or more, he compensatory plots will measure 60% of the original. The owners will be able to build residential, commercial, public and semi-public facilities on these alternative plots (see box).
The alternative land will be allotted through a computerized process, and those who apply first will be given preference. If a group contributes land, DDA will have no role in splitting up the compensation among its members. “We will plan the area’s development and accordingly allot land. There will be no manual intervention, though the department will follow a policy of first-come-first-serve. Those who apply in the first month will be eligible for prime plots,” said Kumar.
DDA will collect external development charges (Rs 2 crore per acre) for building infrastructure from the land contributors, and for the first ti me there is a clause to penalize it for missing deadlines. “In case we fail to develop basic infrastructure before the completion of projects by developer entities, we will pay them 2% of the external development charges in the first year and 3% in the successive years,” said Kumar. EDC will be waived if the contributors surrender 8% of their alternative plots.
The housing and commercial projects will have to be developed within seven years of getting the alternative plots, but more time will be given on payment of a penalty. The government will allow 15% extra floor-area ratio for construction of houses for the economically weaker sections, and DDA will buy half of these at a predetermined rate.
Source: Economic Times, Delhi/NCR