New Delhi: While the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had a slow start in implementing the new land pooling policy, the last two months have seen landowners from over 95 villages in Delhi sign up on their online portal leading to over 4,000 hectares of land being pooled between July 1 and August 30. According to DDA’s data, only a little less than 1,000 hectares of land was pooled under the new policy as of July 1 this year. But the data from the end of this month shows that from Zones P-II, N, L and K1 had 1,027 hectares, 2,654 hectares, 1,152 hectares and 195 hectares of land pooled respectively, amounting to a total of 5,028 hectares of land being pooled till Friday (August 30). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDDA officials also said that an in-house exercise to map the pooled land is under process, with maximum participation from landowners in Sector-17, 20 and 21 of Zone N (Bawana) and Sector-2 of Zone P-II (Alipur). The officials said that these sectors are expected to achieve the minimum threshold of 70 percent land if current trends are to continue. The plan is to develop these sectors as model sectors, with world-class smart infrastructure, so other sectors can follow suit. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Land Pooling Policy Portal was launched in February this year and will remain open for landowners to sign up till September 6. The applicants who have submitted their land details will be verified by the competent authority and sectors qualifying under the policy shall be taken up for development, for which the DDA will send a notice to constituent landowners for the formation of the consortium. This consortium will then prepare an Implementation Plan in consultation with the constituent landowners and sign a formal contract agreement amongst themselves before applying to the DDA as a single entity for taking up development within the sector. The new Land Pooling Policy was introduced last September by the DDA. As per this policy, landowners can apply for the organisation to pool small aggregates of land and develop infrastructure there so that it can be handed back to the owners themselves, without the ownership of land ever changing hands.