The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has paved the way for the construction of one-acre ‘country homes’ in the capital.
In the authority’s meeting on Wednesday, the final approval was given to 27 villages that had been identified as ‘low density residential area’. These villages, located mostly on the periphery of the Capital, were declared as ‘development area’ to ensure overall integrated development of urbanisable area in the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021 — under the new land pooling policy as well as for development of farmhouses and country homes.
DDA had earlier allowed farmhouses on an area of minimum one-acre under the name of ‘country homes’, reducing the earlier mandatory requirement of minimum 2.5 acres. The Floor Area Ratio of these farmhouses was also increased. Thanks to the DDA’s proposal, land prices in these villages had already increased and are now expected to spike further after the final approval.
This proposal was approved by the authority subject to conditions such as that it will exclude the area falling under regional park and green belt. Also the jurisdiction of identified unauthorised colonies, which are being regularised by Delhi government and development of village abadi areas, shall be only as per village development plan.
With the civic bodies raising a hue and cry over collection of regularisation charges from existing farmhouses by the DDA, it has been decided that the funds shall be shared by the DDA and corporations as per the modalities decided by the Central government.
In the meeting, 25 modifications in the under review MPD 2021 were approved and sent to the urban development ministry for final notification. These include policy for motels, policy for multi-disciplinary clinics for persons with learning disability, policy for temporary cinemas, policy on private public participation in land assembly development, policy for legalisation of godowns in non-conforming areas, etc. These proposals are at various stages of finalisation with some of them such as motels and farmhouses already notified. A new chapter in the MPD-2021 is being added on transit-oriented development and the chapter on environment is being redrafted.
South civic body claims DDA trying to usurp its authority over farmhouses
New Delhi: Leader of the House in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation Subhash Arya on Wednesday opposed the decision taken by the high-powered committee of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to declare farmhouses in villages of low-density areas as “development area”.
Arya said the Mayor, chairman of the standing committee, leader of the House and leader of the Opposition of the South civic body had met the Lieutenant-Governor and opposed this decision. He alleged that the Congress-led governments at the Centre and in Delhi were trying to usurp all the rights and powers of the civic bodies.
“We want our jurisdiction over these farmhouses and revenue generated by them back. The DDA’s decision taken under the chairmanship of urban development minister is a gimmick by the Congress to weaken the corporations financially,” Arya said. He also said that if the DDA will not release funds, then the BJP will work out ‘’other options’’ for protesting the decision.
HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times New Delhi, May 09, 2013