The land pooling policy may prove to be a major factor in deciding the fate of BJP and AAP in the municipal elections of Delhi that is scheduled to be held on 2017. Many political experts are of the opinion that the land pooling policy has been in the anvil for over a period of two years. This, in turn, has robbed Delhi of prosperity and has assisted in the increase of several unauthorized colonies and slums. Moreover, the issue of land pooling policy has its share of controversies and debates. It has grabbed a lot of public attention. There has been a bitter argument between the governor of Delhi and the AAP. The main issue of discontentment between AAP government and the lieutenant governor of Delhi is the fact that AAP alleged that they were not allowed to function in an efficient manner. Hence, there demand to voters is that they should be given a chance to transform Delhi.
However, by bringing AAP into the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) would not solve all the problems for Delhi. The ground reality is entirely different. Many political parties have overlooked the Delhi’s Land Pooling Policy. It has now become just an underlying theme by which they can attract voters. Delhi is known as the capital city of world’s largest democracy. In recent years, Delhi has witnessed a massive rise in its population growth. The reason for this increase can be attributed to both migration and organic causes. Moreover, in the last few years, the people of Delhi has gone up from 60 lakh people to 1.7 crore people. On the other hand, the current accommodation facilities can house only 1.5 crores. The rest 1.2 crore people are destined to live in slums of the city.
However, according to many modern day experts, by 2022, the population of Delhi is expected to rise to about 2.5 crore people. The big primary challenge that stands in front of Delhi is to house 80 lakh more people. On the other hand, they have to be accommodated with adequate physical and social infrastructure. The Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Development Authority is also known as the DDA have sent an urgent notification to the Land Pooling Policy of Delhi. The Land Pooling Policy of Delhi is a private-public partnership model that aims to develop the outer areas of Delhi into smart cities. The LPP has the unique prestige of being globally accepted as one of the best models to tackle rising population growth. The LPP model should have been implemented after the implementation of a regulation way back in 2015. However, this is not the case, and the model has still not been implemented. Moreover, the Urban Development Department of the Government of Delhi have to send the notification to about 90 villages as they were identified by the DDA as the areas that are to be developed.
Even Arvind Kejriwal is refusing to comment on the implementation of LPP. The AAP’s demand is that they should be given 10% of the pooled land so that they could develop social infrastructures on them. When the government will get the 10% area and only then they will send the notification to the 89 villages so that land pooling policy may take place. However, many experts are of the opinion that this demand is inappropriate. According to Ramesh Menon, who is the founder of Certes Realty Ltd, “Every social and institution development plan is the responsibility of the state government. It comprises of sports and community centres.” Moreover, according to DDA, the land would be allotted to the government of Delhi as per the master plan and as per need.
The government of Delhi already possesses huge acre of land. Between several departments of the government, the Delhi government has more than 3500 acres of land. Also, in 2015, the AAP government has ordered all the Gram Sabhas to the ‘would be notified villages’. Moreover, they have also transferred them to their revenue departments. Hence, there is about 8000 acre of land under the Delhi Government’s supervision. No one can understand why they are demanding more land. Delhi is suffering in a worse manner, and it is quite evident to voters that the clash between AAP and BJP costs Delhi severely.