40,000 low cost to be built for urban poor

40,000 low cost to be built for urban poor New Delhi: Delhi Government on Saturday approved a long-pending proposal to construct around 40,000 low cost flats in the city for distribution among people belonging to economically weaker sections.

The proposal was given a go ahead at a meeting of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The flats will be constructed at Savda Ghevra and Bhalswa area of Jahangirpuri. A 100 acre plot is lying vacant at Savda Ghevra while the size of the land at Bhalswa is around 102 acre.

"Around 40,000 flats for urban poor would be developed at these two sites," said a senior DUSIB official. The DUSIB is the nodal agency for implementing the slum relocation policy.

The meeting also approved four more projects for construction of around 6,200 flats under Rajiv Awas Yojana and in-situ re-development scheme for Jhugi Jhopri clusters in various areas.

It also decided to distribute 14,000 low-cost flats to slum dwellers by September as their constructions have already been completed.

The flats were built by Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) in Bawana, Narela and Bhorgah area with financial assistance from the Union Urban Development Ministry under the JNNURM scheme.

The meeting also gave its nod for construction of a working women hostel at Jhilmil Colony in East Delhi at an estimated cost of Rs 3.74 crore.

"The government is keen to accelerate the pace of allotment of already constructed flats at the earliest. The board has chalked out a schedule to organise camps for different Jhugi Jhopri clusters to determine eligibility of the beneficiaries," said Dikshit.

In order to make the camps successful, the residents in selected clusters are being informed and educated well-in advance so that they can come prepared with necessary documents.

Officials said around 48,000 flats are under-construction at various sites.

A proposal to construct a commercial-cum-residential complex at Phool Mandi near Town Hall in Central Delhi was also discussed. The complex will come over a plot of around 3 acre which is under possession of the DUSIB.

PTI