After months of waiting, LG gave approval to Land Pooling Policy on Friday. This will pave way for the housing boom in capital. DDA will allow pooling of land on over 24k Ha of land in outer Delhi. The policy was notified by UD ministry in September, 2013. Per DDA’s officials, there are still some operational issues to be taken care of. The policy will include areas of outer Delhi including villages around Burari, najafgarh, narela, kanjhawala. For the pooling to happen, sixty percent of landowners will need to agree and submit their land parcels under the policy, for the policy to implement. Further, there are issues such as that of stamp duty collection. It will not be feasible for the land owners who would have already paid the stamp duty while buying land, once, to pay it again, that too twice, while handover / takeover of the land parcels from DDA. DDA is working out to waive it off to make the process simpler and acceptable. Also, notification of the identified villages will need to be done by the Delhi government for the urbanization to occur. It should take care of the number of sections of Delhi Land Reforms Act, such as, 81, 33, 42, which prohibits agricultural land to be used for residential / commercial purposes. DDA is also planning to hire consultant to help them with the better planning of the sub cities.
Smart City tag or not.. Delhi’s upcoming zones will have all the components of a smart city.
Some of key features to look forward to are: Advanced water and solid waste management system, well planned mass transport system along with dedicated cycle lanes, extensive use of green technologies, such as solar power generation, rain water harvesting etc, better mobility through planned elevated roads, Wifi hubs with high speed internet connectivity and facilities such as parks, schools, recreational areas, retail outlets etc.