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DDA's focus to be more on PPP-model housing

Delhi Development Authority (DDA), National Capital's urban developer, is gradually reducing its focus on the construction of flats and will, instead, play a facilitator in building houses through public-private partnerships (PPP) model, Vice Chairman Tarun Kapoor told Mail Today.

One of the most important projects in this direction is the land pooling policy, which will see as many as 1.7 million dwelling units in world-class, smart and sustainable neighbourhoods being constructed for 7.6 million people on city outskirts in next few years.

"We would rather focus on auctioning of land and get the private sector to build flats. We will play a facilitator," said, Kapoor, 1987-batch IAS officer who joined DDA in September last year.

At present, DDA owns 5,000 acres of land in Delhi and has sold four lakh houses while 60,000 dwelling units are under construction.

Over the years, DDA flats have lost sheen and seen a drop in demand because most of the housing policies are based on outskirts where transportation remains a concern. The ambitious land pooling policy, launched in February this year has set September 6 deadline for the interested stakeholders to register their pieces of land.

The land-owning agency has so far received around 5,000 applications from land owners and over 4,452 hectares of land has been registered with the agency till first week of August. The owners or groups of owners can pool land parcels of any size for development and a minimum of 70 per cent contiguous land is required before the development can take place in any of the 100 sectors that DDA plans to develop.

Once the land is pooled, a consortium is created, a plan submitted and approved followed by infrastructural building and actual development.

"We will provide a brief of how to develop to the consortium. We have received the minimum required 70 per cent applications in four sectors and we can expect work to start on the ground in four years in any of these sectors," Kapoor said. "These will be developed as world-class smart and sustainable neighbourhoods," he added.

These neighbourhoods will come on the areas bordering Delhi in the north near Narela, through Rohini and Dwarka and towards the Southern part of Capital outskirts.

Forty per cent of the pooled landed will be earmarked for essential services and development of civic infrastructure. Government service providing agencies (Discoms, DJB, and PWD) will take up the development of infrastructure.

The developer will get 60 per cent of the total pooled land of which 53 per cent will be used for residential, 5 per cent for commercial and 2 per cent for public and semi-public facilities.