Delhi Development Authority

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Delhi Development Authority
Parent Agency
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was created in 1955 under the provisions of the Delhi Development Act "to promote and secure the development of Delhi". The DDA has responsibilities for housing, infrastructure, and commercial and leisure facilities.[1]

Master Plans[edit]

The DDA Master Plan was formed in 1962 to ensure an organized and structured development of haphazard growth of Delhi. This included identification of new land that can be developed into residential properties and make self-contained colonies by providing ample commercial office and retail complexes as well. The DDA Masterplan was revised in 1982 to formulate the Master Plan 2001 and then re-revised in 2007 to form the Delhi Master Plan 2021. It lays down the basic infrastructure requirements for a city estimated to have a population of 128 lakhs (12.8 million).[2]


The development of Housing projects by DDA commenced in 1967 with the construction of houses and providing the basic amenities like electricity, water supply, sewage disposal, and other infrastructure facilities. The new projects undertaken instigate with recognition of project sites, public announcement about the new DDA housing schemes]in various categories through newspapers and other media advertisements, formal acceptance of the applications, a transparent draw system for short-listing of the applicants and finally allotment of the property.

Some popular DDA Housing Schemes of the past include New Pattern Registration Scheme that offers home registration along with the property purchase, Janta Housing Registration Scheme that offers house registrations for the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) category and Ambedkar Awas Yojana that allotted Janta, LIG & MIG category flats to the SC/ ST registrants. The residential land is allotted to individual applicants, the farmers whose land is acquired for development and group housing societies through public auction.

Land development[edit]

The Delhi Development Authority acquires land for development in Delhi. So far, over 64,354.88 acres (260.4350 km2) of land has been acquired with successful development projects on 59,504 acres (240.80 km2) and 30,713.95 acres (124.2949 km2) as residential land. Besides, the construction projects, DDA land development also includes providing a lush green belt and forest area for a clean and healthy environment by developing regional parks, neighborhood parks, district parks, play fields, and sports complexes. dda has the authority

Commercial properties[edit]

DDA undertakes construction, development and maintenance of commercial properties like retail shops in local markets, shopping complexes, office complexes, makeshift industrial set ups, hospitals, community halls, clubs, educational institutions, religious segregation centres etc. These properties are disposed through auctions or tenders.

Sports complexes[edit]

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) aims to provide an entire network of sports facilities through sports complexes, play fields, multi-facility gymnasiums and fitness centres, golf courses etc. DDA provides the basic infrastructure facilities, coaching through the top sports persons in India, providing stipend and kits and other facilities to identify and train budding sports talent in Delhi.

Besides this DDA also conducts various talent hunt schemes through its Sports Complexes in Dwarka, Saket, Hari Nagar and other areas, including Yamuna Sports Complex and Siri Fort Sports Complex. DDA Dwarka Sports Complex along with DDA Saket Sports Complex plans to host State Level tournaments to provide a platform to professional and amateur sports people to showcase their talent.


  1. ^ Sheikh, Shahana; Mandelker, Ben (2014). "The Delhi Development Authority Accumulation without Development" (PDF). Cities of Delhi. Centre for Policy Research. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ "DDA at a Glance". Delhi Development Authority. Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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