Delhi: Delhi’s villages have agricultural belts that will soon be opened up for private real estate development under the DDA new green Area Development policy. Low-Density Residential Areas (LDRA) will soon be a part of the plan too.
NAREDCO (National Estate Development Council) held a discussion with RWAs, industry and real estate experts on the policy, released on February 24. On April 10, DDA introduced objections and suggestions.
The policy will encourage ‘green development’, characterized by a definite floor area ratio (FAR) based on the build-up area, large landscape and wooded areas, city-level hubs for green living and recreation, and other facilities.
Similar to the regularization of unauthorized colonies, the policy will also authorize various construction activities, opening it up for commercial use, alongside making it obligatory for newer constructions to adhere to green norms.
President of the Delhi Master Plan Committee, Bhupender Bazad, who was a part of the consultation process, told The Indian Express, “There are 70 villages – 23 in LDRA areas such as Satbari, Mehrauli, and 47 in the green belt areas on the periphery such as at Tikri Kalan, Mitraon, Dhansa, and others — where this policy shall be implemented. Many of these areas are either not urbanized, or have unauthorized constructions. The policy shall open them up for development by private players, and regularise the unauthorized constructions there.”
The policy enables these areas to accede for the development of farmhouses, concert houses, parks, open-air markets, educational and health facilities as well as resorts and clubs, greenhouse, and other things. It will also include transportation corridors, city-level recreational areas, utilities, a compulsory wooded area, and development schemes for landowners.