DDA simplifies land pooling policy to boost affordable housing

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The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has simplified the land pooling process for building homes for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) to promote construction of affordable housing.

The decision was taken by Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, who is also the Chairman of DDA. Officials have been asked to formulate necessary regulations within a month's time. About 22,000 hectares of land is expected to be clubbed to develop housing for about 95 lakh beneficiaries.

According to the new policy, the pooled land will remain in the owner’s name throughout the process. Earlier, the land had to first be changed to DDA's name and after development, it had to be transferred to the owners' names.

Under the land pooling policy, a group of people pool land plots and hand it over to the Authority to develop basic infrastructure such as roads and drainage system. Once the pooled land is developed, owners can retain 50 percent of total units constructed and sell the remaining units to DDA at Rs 2,000 per sq ft.

Furthermore, a single window clearance mechanism will be established soon.


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