The Master Plan of Delhi 2021 has been in force since 2007.Once this is reimplemented with the new land development policy, Delhi will also offer options to thousands of

homebuyers. The capital city has still 27,628.9 hectares of land to fulfil the dreams of thousand of homebuyers.The DDA ( Delhi Development Authority) has earmarked

land at Zone J, K1, K2, M, N, L, O, P1 and P2 for raising residential projects. According to the projections in the master plan, nearly 24 lakh residential units are required for

an estimated 23 million people by 2021.

According to the master plan, Delhi will be slum-free in the next 10 years by providing rehabilitation packages (built-up houses with all civic facilities) to slum dwellers. For this DDA has identified 23 sites (slum areas) for rehabilitation.

The master plan of Delhi includes chapters like regional and sub-regional frame, population and employment ,

Delhi urban area 2021, social and physical infrastructure , mixed land-use regulations, development code and plan review and monitoring.

The master plan 2021 has allocated 277 sq km for future urbanization by 2021. In the last fifty years, DDA has acquired 75,609.84 hectares and developed it for residential, recreational, commercial and institutional purposes. Now, with better and holistic planning, DDA intends to set new records and provide more amenities to people.

» Delhi is spread over 1,483 sq km and divided into 17 planning zones:
» 1,159 hectare in Zone-A (Old City);
» 2,304 hectare in Zone-B (City Extension and Karol Bagh);
» 3,959 hectare in Planning Zone-C ( Civil Lines);
» 6,855 hectares in Zone D (New Delhi);
» 8,797 hectares in Planning Zone-E (East Delhi);
» 11,958 hectares in Zone-F (South Delhi I);
» 11,865 hectares in Planning Zone-G (West Delhi I); 5,677 hectares in Zone-H (North-West Delhi I);
» 15,178 hectares in Zone-J (South Delhi II);
» 5,782 hectares in Zone K-I (West Delhi II) and 6,408 hectares in Zone K-II Dwarka;
» 22,840 hectares in Zone-L (West Delhi III);
» 5,073 hectares in Zone-M (North West Delhi II);
» 13,975 hectares in Zone-N (North West Delhi III);
» 80,70 hectares in Zone-O (River Yamuna- River Front);
» 9,866 hectares in Zone P-I (Narela) and 8,534 hectares in Zone P-II (North Delhi).
Ram Gopal Gupta, a policy maker and city planner, says:
“In the last 40 years, DDA constructed only 3.5 lakh flats. However, these did not suffice even for 1% of Delhi’s population. Due to lack of housing facilities in Delhi, 10 lakh people are dependent on nearby sates and metro cities in the NCR belt. According to records, DDA was constructing 10,000 flats every year 15 years ago, while in the last 10 years it managed to build 54,000 flats.

Today, DDA is not in a position to construct even 5,000 flats a year. The dramatic growth in Delhi’s
population has led to congestions and shortages of civic amenities. One of the main causes for this spurt in
population is the migration of people into the city from Bihar, UP, Punjab, J&K , West Bengal, Orissa, etc.”

Proposed land pooling policy of DDA

Land Pooling: A possible alternative to Eminent Domain and tool for Equitable urban redevelopment

The new proposed Land policy of DDA is based on the concept of Land Pooling

Wherein the land parcels owned by individuals or group of owners are legally consolidated by transfer of ownership rights to the designated Land Pooling Agency, which later transfers the ownership of the part of land back to the land owners for undertaking of development for such areas.

The policy is applicable in the proposed urbanisable areas of the Urban Extensions for which Zonal Plans have been approved.

Features of Land Pooling Policy


1. Government/DDA to act as a facilitator with minimum intervention to facilitate and speed up integrated planned development.

2. A land owner, or a group of land owners (who have grouped together of their on volition/will for this purpose) or a developer, hereinafter referred to as the “Developer Entity, shall be permitted to pool land for unified planning, servicing and subdivision/share of the land for development as per prescribed norms & guidelines.

3. Each land owner to get an equitable return irrespective of land uses assigned to their land in the Zonal Development Plan (ZDP) with minimum displacement.

4. To ensure speedy development of Master Plan Roads and other essentials/physical & social infrastructure and recreational areas.