The conversion of Agriculture lands of Delhi into Development areas has long been delayed by the Delhi government. The AAP party demanded 12-15% share from the DDA’S share of pooled land for the development of infrastructure like schools and hospitals. To validate the demand of the AAP government, the central government passed the decision to sell land to the Delhi government at Re 1 per annum clubbed with the gram sabha land given by the LG. The demands of the AAP government has been met yet Land Pooling Policy has not been given a green flag.
The Kejriwal government has tried to put tape on the mouths of poor people by giving them subsidies on various products. Under the land pooling policy, farmers with small pieces of land can come together, the pooled land can then be used or development purpose. Once the land is developed, 48-60% of the land is returned to the land owners. For farmers, who have pooled 2-20 hectares of land, are returned 48% of land and for those who have pooled more than 20 hectares of land are given 60% of pooled land.
The LPP policy has the potential to develop 20,000-25,000 hectares of land. The delay has put on stake the development of more the 500 primary schools, secondary schools and coaching centers, 10 vocational centers and regular colleges, 300 hospitals, and public facilities like entertainment, police stations and government buildings worth Rs 1 Lakh crore. More than 25 lakh houses can be created in a period of 10-15 years if LPP is implemented. The long term potential growth is possible only with the promising land pooling policy.
The Master Plan Delhi 2021 aims to provide housing facilities to all by the year 2022, but DDA alone cannot accomplish this challenge. There is a need of private sector to enter the market and develop an infrastructure which turns the vision of MPD-2021 into a reality. This public-partnership can be boomed only with the help of Land Pooling Policy.