About DDA L Zone Dwarka Smart City Delhi

India’s ambitious smart city in the capital region itself, situated next to Diplomatic Enclave-II in Dwarka. 100% power, 100% web connectivity, 24×7 water supply & high frequency mass transport are some features which will enhance performance and life standard to reduce costs and resource consumption and also to engage more effectively and actively with its residents.

Development Authority (DDA) is working on the Master Plan of L Zone. Flats in L Zone would be close to IGI Airport and is strategically positioned between Dwarka and Gurgaon. Spread across 22,840 hectare of land, the L Zone apartments are expected to give an impetus to the slow and stagnant real estate market of the national capital as it is located in South-West Delhi.

As per Master Plan 2021, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has divided Delhi into 15 zones wherein ‘L’ Zone housing is the largest and boasts Najafgarh as the only census town in the zone. In fact housing societies and private developers like DLF, Omaxe, Ansal, Tata Housing, Emaar MGF, Ireo, Antriksh, Neo, Raheja, Unitech, Parshvnath, Godrej and many more are coming further with their investment plans. Where majority have already bought land, many are still looking to obtain the necessary approvals from the authority.

As per DDA Master Plan 2021 L-Zone will be the prime area which will be developed as per Land Pooling Policy where DDA will act as a Development Entity (DE) for the Basic infrastructure and Other Groups like Private Builders, Multi State Cooperative Societies (MSCS) and Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS) would act as Residential and Commercial developments entities.  Dwarka Smart City which is popular with an alias name as Delhi’s L Zone would primarily divided into three parts on the outer skirt of Dwarka Extension it would be all Green Area like Farm Houses and inner side would majorly consists of Residential Complexes by Private Builders, Multi State Cooperative Societies (MSCS) and Cooperative Group Housing Societies (CGHS) also there would be commercial area development as per the requirement of population planning to reside in Dwarka Smart City.

Once necessary approvals will be released, L Zone land owners will submit the land to DDA out of which the authority will take 40 per cent of the total land area for development of roads, drainage, sewerage and other civic amenities. Later in order to fulfill the requirement of affordable housing, once developed, the developers/housing societies will be allowed to start their construction plans to build Flats, Apartments, Houses, Villas and Farm houses as per specific to their needs which would be complaint to L zone.

  • 2 min from UER I & II
  • 5 min from upcoming Diplomatic Enclave
  • 5 min from upcoming Dwarka-Gurgaon Expressway
  • 10 min to forthcoming AIIMS-2
  • 10 min from IGI Airport & NH 8
  • 10 min from IP University, NSIT & NLU
  • 0 km from Golf Course & Football Stadium
  • 2 km from Dwarka Sec-21 Metro Station & N.R. Mega Terminal


A new concept of “Land Pooling” has been introduced by DDA in the new Master Plan 2021 which is a specific answer to millions of dreams and hopes pinned upon DDA.  Love of Delhi is a preferred name of “L Zone” as it is located in the heart of everything good.

Be it Gurgaon, IGI Airport or Dwarka Sub city strategic location of L Zone Housing enables it to be accessible from one point to another in a couple of minute drive. The connectivity factor is a big advantage for residents. The connectivity factor is a big advantage for residents. The L zone would solve many of the common issues faced by middle-class families living in Delhi: space-bound issues, long journeys to far-away places in NCR and lack of basic amenities etc. They’ve already been forced to move out of the city. It is the right time for them to invest in a project which is backed by DDA and developed by reputed housing societies. Families can find a shelter in Delhi for the same reasons what prompted them to move out, in the first place. The L-zone is the best planned sub-city in terms of connectivity and affordability.

The biggest benefit of investing in L Zone is the geographical position of L Zone Housing. DDA has planned this sub-city for families that enjoy living in Dwarka Sub City or in Delhi. It offers affordable housing specifically designed to cater to requirements of middle-class families. The sole objective is to build planned homes focusing on land conservation and capitalizing on natural energy to keep the surrounding clean & green. Delhi will grow to almost twice its existing size 83,300 hectares to 1, 48,300 hectares.

A rapid growth in urbanization has been witnessed with an ever increasing population in Delhi. To sustain and keep pace with this tremendous growth, DDA has unlocked land for urbanization in a controlled manner through the various master plans. The zones planned for development included J, L, N, P1 and P2. Not only the development in these zones would provide housing solution to individual buyers, investors and occupiers but at the same time, it is expected to provide potential source of business for Developers, Financial Institutions, Contractors, Landlords (including Farmers) and other market constituents. The Master Plan Delhi 2021 brings about an important change wherein developer entity’s role has been considered in the process of land acquisition and development in Delhi which has been implemented by including the policy of Public – Private Partnership through land pooling policy envisaged under MPD – 2021.

  • All zones to be developed as Integrated Townships.
  • 4 new University Campuses in the new zones.
  • 200 Hectares of International Class Sports Complexes
  • Integrated Office Complexes in each zone.
  • New norms for commercial re-development of Industrial Areas and Healthcare



  • Land Pooling Policy is a concept of Land Pooling where in the land parcels owned by individuals or group of owners are legally consolidated by transfer of ownership rights to the designated Land Pooling Agency (DDA), which later transfers the ownership of the part of land back to the land owners for undertaking of development for such areas.
  • Delhi Development Authority is designated as a Land Pooling Agency (LPA) which will implement the Land Pooling Policy for integrated planned development as per the Master Plan provisions with minimum interventions.
  • Developer Entity (DE) means an individual land owner, or a group of land owners (who has grouped together of their own will for this purpose) or a developer, permitted to pool the land in an identified area.
  • 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 of existing land.
  • Land Transfer Certificate means the certificate issued by the LPA in respect of exchange of land between the Developer Entity (DE) and the Land Pooling Agency.
  • Final Plot means the parcel of land carved out within the Land Pooling Scheme which is to be returned back to the Developer Entity.

Role of DDA/ Government

  • DDA shall be responsible for Infrastructural development in a time bound manner.
  • Declaration of areas under land pooling and preparation of Layout plans and sector plans, superimposition of revenue maps on the approved zonal plans in a time bound manner.
  • Time bound development of identified land with master plan roads, provision of physical infrastructure such as water supply, sewerage and drainage, provision of social infrastructure and traffic and transportation infrastructure including metro corridors.
  • Acquisition of left out land pockets in a time bound manner shall only be taken up   wherever the persons are not coming forward to participate in development through land   pooling.

Norms for Land Pooling

  • There are two categories of Land Pooling where in Category – I minimum land is 20 Ha (50Acres) or above and in Category-II minimum 2 Ha (5 Acres) of land is required.
  • The Land returned to the Developer Entity (DE) in Category – I will be 60% and 40% will be retained by DDA and in Category-II the DE will get 48% and DDA will retain 52% of the land.
  • The distribution of land returned to DE (60%) in terms of land use in Category-I will be 53% Gross Residential, 2% City Level Public/Semi Public and 5% City Level Commercial. In Category – II the land returned to DE(48%) will be 43% Gross Residential, 2% City Level Public/Semi
    Public and 5% City Level Commercial.
  • Residential FAR of 400 shall be for Group Housing and FAR of 250 for City Level Commercial and City Level Public/Semi Public with maximum ground coverage of 40%.
  • Incentives for Green Building norms as per MPD-2021 to be applicable to Group Housing developed under this policy.
  • EWS housing unit size will range between 32–40sqm.

What is Smart City?

A developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high
quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas; economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and government. Excelling in these key areas can be done so through strong human capital, social capital, and/or ICT infrastructure. Concept of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents. A smart city would have a differentconnotation in India than Europe.As the global population continues to grow at a steady pace, more and more people are moving to cities every single day.

Experts predict the world’s urban population will double by 2050 – which means we’re adding the equivalent of seven New York Cities to the planet every single year. As our planet becomes more urban, our cities need to get smarter. To handle this large-scale urbanization, we’ll need to find new ways to manage complexity, increase efficiency, reduce expenses, and improve quality of life.

With this rapid growth ahead of us, imagine if our cities could talk—if they could give us live status updates on traffic patterns, pollution, parking spaces, water, power and light. Imagine how that kind of information could improve the economic and environmental health of the city for residents, merchants, and visitors. Imagine how it could improve working conditions and productivity for the people who maintain the city.

Emerging technologies are poised to reshape our urban environments. Using ultra-low power sensors, wireless networks, and web and mobile-based applications, Smart Cities are becoming a reality.

This can be a long term goal and cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally, adding on layers of ‘smartness’.

In the approach of the Smart Cities Mission, the objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities. The Smart Cities Mission of the Government is a bold, new initiative. It is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing   the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.

The core infrastructure elements in a smart city would include:

  • Health and education
  • Adequate water supply
  • Assured electricity supply
  • Sustainable environment
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport
  • Sanitation, including solid waste management
  • Affordable housing, especially for the poor people
  • Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation
  • Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elders


Why Smart Cities?

As per the best opinion, it is crucial that residents understand the importance of Smart Cities in their lives, in everyday activities and the positive impact these can have. Only with perception of the importance of this new paradigm will it be possible to integrate citizens and communities in the eco-system of “intelligent things”. The human being is the centre of the Smart City universe, that is,  the Smart City universe has the purpose of solving problems created by man with solutions directed to benefiting him. Take a simple example. Smart Cities aim to solve environmental problems. Those problems were effectively created by man, through irresponsible behavior and bad management of economic activities. The solution will also be something that benefits him, bearing in mind, naturally, that we cast doubt on our existence if we do not resolve these matters. I do not see it as raising man above all the other species on the planet, but rather calling for our very intelligence to be responsible, using it to repair the damage caused in the past and to lessen current problems such as population increase.

Smart Cities are, or at least will have to be, much more than mere technological ostentation, where the giants of the computer industry distribute their sophisticated systems among towns, supported by millions of useful or fun applications. Smart Cities have (at least) 5 obligatory and urgent functions, which include: making towns more inhabitable, more efficient, more sustainable, healthier and better prepared to cope with change. And all that is not achieved just by introducing technology to towns. It is necessary to look on that technology as a powerful tool so that we can first of all understand the towns we live in, understand and define their needs not only today but also in 5, 10 or 20 years time. Then we can intervene in the field of town-planning and building and from there, create sustained solutions in the information networks formed. It is part of the town’s work to transform all the information acquired by all types of sensors and convert it into useful knowledge for its own management and for its inhabitants.

Smart City Features

Some Silent Features of Smart Cities are described below.

  • Developing smart localities to reduce congestion, air pollution and resource depletion, boost local economy, promote interactions and ensure security. The road network is created or refurbished not only for vehicles and public transport, but also for pedestrians and cyclists, and necessary administrative services are offered within walking or cycling distance.
  • Promoting mixed land use in area based developments or planning for ‘Unplanned areas’ containing a range of compatible activities and land uses close to one another in order to make land use more efficient. The States will enable some flexibility in land use and building
    bye-laws to adapt to change.
  • Preserving and developing open spaces like parks, playgrounds, and recreational spaces in order to enhance the standard of life of citizens and to reduce the urban heat effects in Areas and generally promote eco-balance.
  • Promoting a variety of transport options -Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Public transport.
  • Making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective – increasingly rely on online services to bring about accountability and transparency, especially using mobiles to reduce  cost  of
    services  and  providing services  without  having to  go  to municipal offices. Forming e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback and use online monitoring of programs and
    activities with the aid of cyber tour of worksites.
  • Giving an identity to the city – based on its main economic activity, such as local cuisine, health, education, arts and craft, culture, sports goods, furniture, hosiery, textile, dairy, etc.
  • Applying Smart Solutions to infrastructure and services in   area- based development in order to make them better. For example, making Areas less vulnerable to disasters, using fewer
    resources, and providing cheaper services

Why Smart Cities?

  • The strategic approach of area-based development in the Smart Cities Mission are city improvement, city renewal and city extension in addition to that a Pan-city initiative in which Smart Solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city. Below are given the descriptions of the three models of area based smart city development.
  • Retrofitting will introduce planning in an existing built-up area to achieve smart city objectives, along with other objectives, to make the existing area more efficient and livable. In retrofitting, an area consisting of more than 500 acres will be identified by the city in consultation with citizens. Depending on the existing level of infrastructure services in the identified area and the vision of the residents, the cities will prepare a strategy to become smart.Since existing structures are largely to remain intact in this model, it is expected that more intensive infrastructure service levels and a large number of smart applications will be packed into the retrofitted smart city. This strategy may also be completed in a shorter time frame, leading to its replication in another part of the city.
  • Redevelopment will effect a replacement of the existing built-up environment and enable co-creation of a new layout with enhanced infrastructure using mixed land use and increased density. Redevelopment envisages an area of more than 50 acres, identified by Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in consultation with citizens. For instance, a new layout plan of the identified area will be prepared with mixed land- use, higher FSI and high ground coverage. Two examples of the redevelopment model are the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Project in Mumbai (also called the Bhendi Bazaar Project) and the redevelopment of East Kidwai Nagar in New Delhi being undertaken by the National Building Construction Corporation.
  • Greenfield development will introduce most of the Smart Solutions in a previously vacant area (more than 250 acres) using innovative planning, plan financing and plan implementation tools (e.g. land pooling/ land reconstitution) with provision for affordable housing, especially for the poor. Greenfield developments are required around cities in order to address the needs of the expanding population. One well known example is the GIFT City in Gujarat. Unlike retrofitting and redevelopment, Greenfield developments could be located either within the limits of the ULB or within the limits of the local Urban Development Authority (UDA).
  • Pan-city development envisages application of selected Smart Solutions to the existing city-wide infrastructure. Application of Smart Solutions will involve the use of technology, information and data to make infrastructure and services better. For example, applying Smart Solutions in the transport sector like “intelligent traffic management system” and reducing average commute time or cost of citizens will have positive effects on productivity and quality of life of citizens. Another example can be waste water recycling and smart metering which can make a huge contribution to better water management in the city.
  • The smart city proposal of each short listed city is expected to encapsulate either a retrofitting or redevelopment or Greenfield development model, or a mix thereof and a Pan-city feature with Smart Solution’s.  It is important to note that pan-city is an additional feature to be provided.  Since smart city is taking a compact area approach, it is necessary that all the city residents feel there is something in it for them also. Therefore, the additional requirement of some city wise smart solution has been put in the scheme to make it exclusive.

Smart City Challenges

This is the first time; a MoUD programme is using the ‘Challenge’ or competition method to select cities for funding and using a strategy of area-based development. This captures the spirit of ‘competitive and cooperative federalism’.

  • States and ULBs will play a key supportive role in the development of Smart Cities.
    Smart leadership and vision at this level and ability to act decisively will be
    important factors determining the success of the Mission.
  • Understanding the concepts of retrofitting, redevelopment and green field development by the policy makers, implementers and other stakeholders at different levels will require capacity assistance.
  • Major investments  in  time and  resources  will have  to  be made  during  the planning phase prior to participation in the Challenge. This is different from the conventional DPR-driven approach.
  • The Smart Cities Mission requires smart people who actively participate in governance and reforms. Smart people involve themselves in decisions on deploying Smart Solutions, implementing reforms, doing more with less and oversight during implementing and designing
    post-project structures in order to make the Smart City developments sustainable as participation of smart people will be enabled by the SPV through increasing use of ICT, especially mobile- based tools.

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