Delhi govt distributes low cost flats

With an eye on MCD polls slated for March, Delhi Government on Friday finally started allotment of around 2,200 low cost flats.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2012, 17:58 PM IST

New Delhi: With an eye on MCD polls slated
for March, Delhi Government on Friday finally started allotment of
around 2,200 low cost flats to industrial workers in the city.

In the first batch, a total of 115 industrial workers
were given allotment letters of flats built at Narela area of
North West Delhi, at a function attended by Chief Minister
Sheila Dikshit.

Each beneficiary will have to pay around Rs 1.6 lakh to
the government as cost of flat having 16.1 metre of carpet
area. The government has made arrangements with a number of
banks to provide loan to facilitate loans to the
beneficiaries.

Government`s infrastructure development agency DSIIDC,
which built the 2,229 flats on `no loss no profit` basis,
selected the beneficiaries by holding a draw of lots. A total
of 11,000 applicants had applied for the flats.

The flats have been built under Rajiv Gandhi Housing
scheme for industrial workers. The remaining 2,114 flats will
be alloted within next six months.

Officials said Government would make available hospitals,
schools, shopping complexes and bus services to the occupants
of the flats in Narela so that the industrial workers and
their families do not face any inconvenience.

Dikshit, who personally distributed allotment letter to
22 beneficiaries, described allotment of the flats as
beginning of a major task ahead.

"It was our dream to give you a roof and today we have
made a significant step forward in realising the dream. This
is just the beginning. There is a major challenge ahead of us
and we will do our best to take on the challenge," she said.

Admitting that construction of low cost flats under the
scheme announced nearly four years ago got delayed due to
various constraints, she said Delhi government was working
very hard to provide roof to the industrial workers as well as
to economically weaker section.

She also exhorted DSIIDC, which had earlier allotted
2,820 such flats under the scheme, to expedite construction of
more low cost flats.

Dikshit said the city government will continue its effort
to provide affordable houses in well developed colonies to the
industrial workers, economically weaker section and slum
dwellers.

Officials said 17.5 per cent flats are being reserved for
workers belonging to SC, 7.5 per cent for ST, one per cent for
physically handicapped and 5 per cent of the flats are being
reserved for Group C and D employees of public sector
undertakings under the city government.

Out of 2,229 flats, 337 have been built at Bawana area.
They said physical possession of flats will be given
after obtaining biometric details of the beneficiaries. They
said DSIIDC will carry out periodical verification to ensure
that beneficiaries do not misuse the flats.

Speaking on the occasion, Industries Minister Ramakant
Goswami said government has set a target of 2016 to make Delhi
a slum-free city.

The DSIIDC is in the process of constructing over 70,000
low cost flats for distribution among people belonging to
economically weaker section.

PTI