The population of the capital city, Delhi has become one of the most serious concerns for Delhi Development Authority (DDA). The present population of Delhi is 1.7 cores; of which only 1.5 crore people have housing facilities. By the end of the year 2021, it is expected the population will reach 2.5 crore people. The challenge which waits infront of DDA is to provide accommodation to 80 lakh more people and fill up the existing chasm.
A master plan Delhi 2021 has been formed. The mission of MPD-2021 is to provide housing to all by the end of the year 2021. DDA since its inception has developed only 4.5 lakh housing units. Will DDA alone be able develop enough spaces to provide housing to all alone? The answer is NO.
To save the situation from getting further aggrieved, DDA notified Land Pooling Policy in the year 2015. Under LPP, farmers with pieces of land can come together and pool it for the development purpose. Once the development is completed, 48-60% of the land is returned to the land owners. Under LPP, 20,000-25,000 hectare of land can be developed. The capital city has been divided in to 15 zones, of which four zones come under LPP.
LPP if implemented will put an end to the long practiced land acquisition policy, wherein the land of farmers was taken away at low prices. Lpp will bring in better transparency and will further prevent the increase in land prices due to acquisition policy.