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Centre approves Land Pooling Regulations. Now, the farmers and owners would submit their land to the DDA on their own
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Ministry of Urban Development 
Approves Regulations
for Land Pooling Policy
The much awaited Regulations for Operationalisation have now been approved. The next step is the operationalisation of the policy after which the Land Owners shall be asked to surrender their land to DDA for Land Pooling.

The Ministry of Urban Development has made some amendments to the original regulations submitted by the DDA.


An important amendment made in the regulations is the delay penalty on the government authorities for delay in completion of development. According to the amendment, since any delay in completion of development by Land Pooling Agency, DDA shall pay a penalty of 2 per cent of External Development Charges (EDC) per year for the first two years and 3 per cent of EDC per year thereafter to the Developer Entities (DE) (farmers/land owners) for delay beyond the date of completion of the construction by DE or five years whichever is later till the external development works are completed.

This shall ensure external development by DDA in time, which has not been the case so far, the official said.


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DDA's land pooling plan gets all-clear from centre
-'Indian Express'

The amendments to the regulations were proposed by the Urban Development Ministry in consultation with the DDA.

New Delhi: The Ministry of Urban Development on Tuesday approved the regulations for operationalisation of the Land Pooling Policy of the DDA. The approval comes with five amendments with an aim to ensure timely completion of real estate projects with all necessary infrastructure. The policy will be notified by the DDA soon.

These changes are to ensure timely external development of infrastructure by the DDA, help farmers pay development charges, ensure mandatory housing for economically weaker sections (EWS), transparency in allotment of returnable land and full utilisation of approved floor area ratio (FAR).

The amendments to the regulations were proposed by the Urban Development Ministry in consultation with the DDA and were approved by the Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

According to DDA officials, the private sector will be responsible for assembling land which will then be made available to the DDA for re-development. As per the regulations, two categories of land pooling exist – Category I which includes land owners with land above 20 hectares and Category II which includes land owners with land between two and 20 hectares.

“The land returned to the developer entity in Category I will be 60 per cent while the remaining will be retained by the DDA. The land returned to Category II developer entities will be 48 per cent while the remaining will be retained by the DDA. Residents will be given an additional FAR of 400 if they apply for re-development through the policy. The additional FAR will give an incentive to the land owner,” an official said.

With regard to EWS category housing, the official explained, “In case a developer constructs 100 housing units on a piece of land that has been re-developed and returned to him by the DDA, he will be under obligation to provide 15 per cent (15 units in this case) for EWS category housing. Of this 15 per cent, 7.5 per cent will be given to the DDA while the remaining will be retained by the developer.” EWS housing will be constructed as a separate block.

Officials said that the regulations have made it easier for the common man to understand the process of becoming a developer from a land owner, what category of housing they fit in and how the land pockets will be given to them.

“The policy will help harness private potential and address the issue of housing for the lower strata of society, thereby moving towards the smart-city concept and making the city self-sustainable,” said DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar.

According to the amendment, if there is any delay in completion of the development by DDA, which is the land pooling agency, the DDA will pay a penalty of 2 per cent of external development charges (EDC) per year for the first two years and 3 per cent of EDC per year thereafter to the Developer Entities (DE) (farmers/land owners) for delay beyond the date of completion of the construction by DE or five years whichever is later till the external development works are completed. This ensures external development by DDA in time, which has not been the case so far.

Officials said adequate parking as per norms, incentives for green building as per the MPD 2021 and basement setback will have to be incorporated.
Release Date: 27th May, 2015
Source: Indian Express
Article Link:  Click Here
Centre okays Land Pooling Policy
-'The Tribune'

Now, the farmers and owners would submit their land to the DDA on their own

New Delhi: The Minister of Urban Development, M. Venkaiah Naidu, has approved the regulations for operationalization of the Land Pooling Policy of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) with five amendments.

The amendments are to ensure timely development of necessary infrastructure by the DDA, help farmers in paying the development charges, ensure mandatory housing for the economically weaker section (EWS), transparency in allotment of returnable land and full utilization of approved floor area ratio (FAR), sources in the ministry said.

Under the Land Pooling Policy approved today, the farmers and land owners would submit their land to the DDA on their own. There are two kinds of categories of land pooling - the first category of land is from 1 hectare to 20 hectare and the second is above 20-hectare land.

Under the first category, the DDA will return 48 per cent land to land owner or the developer that will consist of 43 per cent for residential use, three per cent for commercial and two for city level public and semi-public facilities, DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said.

Under the second category, the DDA will return 60 per cent land to developer or the land owner that is 53 per cent residential, two per cent for city level public and semi-public facilities and 5 per cent for commercial use, he said.

FAR 400 per cent for group housing to be applicable on net residential land which is exclusive of the 15 per cent FAR reserved for EWS housing. FAR for commercial buildings is 250 per cent, he said.

Farmers who are willing to participate in land pooling but are unable to pay external development charges would be allowed to give up a part of the returnable residential land.

'Implementation hinges on Delhi Govt's decision'

The actual implementation of the Land Pooling Policy of the DDA now hinges on Delhi Government's decision on declaring 95 villages in the city as development area and 89 of them as urban villages, the housing authority today said.

The Delhi Government has been requested to issue notifications in this regard, said the DDA Vice-Chairman.

"We have requested the Delhi Government to declare the 95 villages as development area and 89 villages as 'urban villages'. Both these requests are pending with the government in advanced stages. We hope it will soon issue the notification on it," Kumar told reporters here.

"As soon as we get it (notification), actual implementation will start in next couple of months and we will issue the deed in this regard," he said.

Both these provisions will help DDA in implementing its Land Pooling Policy. The 'urban village' status to 89 villages will nullify the provisions of Delhi Reforms Act governing them, he said. — PTI
Release Date: 26th May, 2015
Source: The Tribune
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