New Delhi: The issue of providing facilities to slum dwellers needs to be addressed besides checking addition of new slums, Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna today said.
Speaking at a conference organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khanna called for concrete action on the ground to achieve the goal of sustainable development in the capital.
Asking the state government to address the problem of slums in the city, he said, "People can`t be expected to approach private facilities always, government has to step in and work along with the private partners."
"About 60 per cent buildings in the city are constructed on unauthorised land. 345 slum clusters in Delhi are spread over DDA land. We need about 80,000 flats to accommodate slum dwellers living in these areas to give them safe habitat," he said.
"We are going to open a green field area for urbanisation like in Dwaraka and Rohini area," he added.
He said the new Transition Oriented Policy (TOD) will benefit people as it will be easy for them to commute by public transport, and they would not feel the need of using private vehicle.
He also emphasised on the need to check new addition in slum areas while addressing the current areas.
Inviting suggestion from various experts in the field, he said, "We have an open mind to look at any favourable suggestion in the master plan."