New Delhi: After years of delay, Delhi Government today started allotment of around 14,000 low-cost flats to slum dwellers in keeping with its plan to make the national capital slum-free.
In the first batch, 500 flats, located in Bawana, were distributed to
day among eligible residents of eight slum clusters in West and South Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said around 13,500 flats are also ready for distribution and the process for their allotment has already been started.
"It was our dream to offer houses to the weaker section and today we have fulfilled the dream. We will construct more flats for distribution among the poor people," she said.
The Chief Minister said Government would make available hospitals, schools, shops and bus services to the occupants of the flats in Bawana so that they do not face any inconvenience.
"I hope you will have a comfortable life in your new homes," she said.
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 slum dwellers from SC and ST community will get the flats free of cost as Delhi government has already decided to waive the fee of Rs 60,000 for them.
Officials said people who have settled in a slum or a `jhugghi-jhopri` cluster not later than March 31, 2007, will be eligible to get allotment of the low-cost houses.
The cost of each of the 14,000 flats has been estimated at Rs 3.34 lakh, out of which the contribution of Delhi government and union government is Rs 62,000 and Rs 1.19 lakh respectively while the share of the land owning agency is Rs 93,000. The contribution of the beneficiary has been fixed at around Rs 60,000.