Vision – 2021, the guiding principle for the framework, formulation and subsequent / forthcoming rollout /implementation of the Master Plan – Delhi 2021 is to make “Delhi a global metropolis and a world class city” wherein people would have conducive atmosphere and infrastructure to conduct themselves in productive work with a better quality of life , living in a sustainable environment. This will amongst other things, necessitate planning and action to meet the challenge of population growth and in – migration to Delhi; provision of adequate housing, addressing the problems of small enterprises, dealing with the issues of slums, upgradation of old and dilapidated areas, conservation of the environment, preservation of Delhi’s heritage and doing all this within a framework of sustainable development.
Land Pooling Policy
Land Pooling Policy aims to prevent selling of land without the owner’s consent. This policy assures fundamental changes in the way of acquisition and development of land in Delhi. Under this policy, land owners can surrender their land holding into the central pool and become a stakeholder to the development proposed on their land. Once the land is pooled, the land owner would get back either 48 % or 60% of the total land surrendered (according to the regulations defined in Land Pooling Policy issued by DDA) as developable land and the rest would be retained with DDA for creation of infrastructure as well as shall monetized for specific purposes. For once, the disputes on undervaluation of land for acquisition would be removed and the process would seem fair to every land owner, irrespective of the size of their land holding.
DDA Working with Private Sector
Acquiring land has become very difficult in Delhi in the past two decades and hence land acquisition and planned development has not kept pace with the increasing demands of urbanization. Moreover, the process of acquisition is increasingly challenged by land owners due to low compensation as compared to market value. The new policy will allow the entry of the private sector by involving the owner in land development. The DDA, which acquires land, will provide a chunk of the developed land back to the owner instead of compensation. The policy will allow consolidation of the private land by its owners through pooling and surrendering it to the DDA.