Land Pooling may become a reality in Delhi soon

The government will declare these villages urbanised only after analysing the information provided by the Panchayat.The Urban Development department of the Delhi government is yet to notify 95 villages, identified by the DDA as development areas, as urbanised.

The Panchayat department has been asked to quantify assets on three four counts. Besides mapping the total area, the officials need to quantify the total built-up area. The authorities have been asked to submit details about agricultural land on which farming is still done, besides the total gram sabha land.

The Panchayat department has asked the revenue district magistrate concerned to collect information. Most of the 95 villages are in south-west, west, north-west and north districts. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the urban development portfolio, directed authorities to quantify assets in these villages.

The land pooling policy was notified by the DDA in September 2013. Under the scheme, land owners could pool their land and hand it over to the DDA, which will develop the land before returning a portion of it to the owner. The land owners could then rope in real estate developers to come up with residential properties.

The central government notified the operational guidelines for implementing the land pooling policy in May 2015. Soon after, the DDA sent the files to the Delhi government, providing a list of the villages that need to be declared urbanized.

The process got delayed as the Delhi government, in September last year, requested the lieutenant governor to transfer the ownership of gram sabha land to Delhi government’s revenue department.

The government had contended that notifying the villages urbanized straightaway would vest the ownership of gram sabha land in the DDA. The L-G later cleared the proposal of the Delhi government.

From next month, building permits will be available online.

Obtaining a building permit is all set to get easier with the civic bodies due to roll out a common application form from May end.