DDA Land Pooling Policy
Making it easier for developers to acquire land for building housing projects, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in a recent move has approved the much-awaited land pooling policy thereby injecting a booster to the housing sector in the national capital. It may be recalled that the acquisition of land has becoming tough task for the nodal building agency in the past two decades and to overcome the hurdle at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung clear the policy on public-private partnership in land assembly and development in Delhi, an official spokesperson said, adding that since the first Master Plan of Delhi in 1961, DDA's policy had been to acquire large tracts of land from private owners at a low price, develop it and then sell the residential and commercial properties at a premium but was under attack from land-owners who demanded more compensation after the rate of properties escalated.

As per the norms of the new policy, it allows land-owners to pool their land for development by DDA. But now instead of compensation, they would get back 40-60% of land after development of infrastructure by DDA, which they can keep for themselves or give to private developers. DDA approved the recommendation of the Board of Inquiry, which held hearings on June 22 and 23 suggesting that minimum land pooling size should be in two categories, first with 20 hectares and above and, second between two and 20 hectares. In the first category, "60% of the pooled land would be used by DDA and 53% for residential purpose, five% for commercial and two% for public and semi-public purposes. For the second category, it would be 48% (43% for residential, three% for commercial and two% for public and semi-public use). The ground coverage has also been increased from 33% to 40%, he added.