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Delhi Development Authority

The Delhi Development Authority was established in the year 1957 under the provisions of the Delhi Development Act, to foster the development of New Delhi. The DDA is controlled by the Union Ministry of Urban Development.

DDA handles the housing, infrastructure, commercial properties, land development and sports complexes of the city. It acquires vast tracts of land for commercial, industrial, residential, and recreational purposes.

According to a survey conducted in 2014 with the help of National Productivity Council and Geospatial Data Limited regarding DDA-administered land in the city revealed that around 5500 acres of land under DDA was lying vacant across the city.[1] This comes to around 85 percent of the area of Lutyens Bungalow Zone and around 50 percent of the total land area of the New Delhi. The focus of the survey was to protect these plots from illegal encroachment. The survey also found that 298 acres of land under DDA was under litigation. However, there can be a possibility that DDA holds more such land parcels in the city which are kept unused and are locked by the organization.

These unused land parcels create an artificial scarcity of land in the city which impose a cost on everyone. It results in an increase in the cost of land due to which the cost of infrastructure projects also increases. Freeing up all such unused and locked land parcels have the potential of reducing the artificial scarcity of land in the city.

The total value of vacant land held under the DDA is about ₹ 11,481 crore. This is the lowest possible price with a dismal FSI of 1. The value of these unused land parcels can also be around ₹ 1 lakh crore according to some estimates [2]. This large chunk of land belongs to people of the country and not to the government. The per-household value of the total vacant land held by DDA is around ₹ 459.

Details of Vacant Land Under DDA

[3] Delhi Development Authority
# Zone Area (acre) Value (₹ crore)
1 Rohini Zone 2355.88 4,766
2 New Delhi West Zone 174.7 353
3 New DelhiNorth Zone 435.95 882
4 New Delhi East Zone 997.17 2,017
5 Dwarka Zone 1609.29 3,256
6 New Delhi South Zone 102.44 207
Total 5675.43 acre ₹ 11,481 crore