Delhi govt to build 72k flats for slum dwellers

The Delhi government has decided to construct 72,000 low-cost flats in next two years.

New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided
to construct 72,000 low-cost flats in next two years for
allotment among slum dwellers and economically weaker section,
in tune with its plan to make the national capital slum-free.

Top officials involved in the mega housing project said
the ground work for construction of the low-cost flats has
already been started and agencies involved in it have been
told to expedite process of various clearances.

Delhi government`s premier infrastructure agency DSIIDC
will implement the project which has been conceived as part of
government`s ambitious goal of making the city slum-free in
next three to four years, they said.

"We have set a target of completing the construction
within next two years," said a top official of DSIIDC.

The Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development
Corporation (DSIIDC) has already completed construction of
9,660 flats in Narela, Dwarka, Bhorgarh under the JNNURM
scheme and another 5,184 flats are likely to be completed very

The officials said the process of selecting the
beneficiaries for around 15,000 flats was underway.

They said people who have settled in a slum or jhughi
jhopri cluster not later than March 31, 2007 will be eligible
to get allotment of the low-cost houses.

In her annual address to top officials earlier this week,
Dikshit had identified providing roof to slum-dwellers as one
of the three major priority areas for her government for the
coming financial year.

The government earlier this month had started allotment
of around 2,200 low-cost flats to industrial workers.

In the first batch, a total of 115 industrial workers
were given allotment letters of flats built at Narela area of
North West Delhi.

The DSIIDC has built the flats on `no loss no profit`.
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 in the areas
where low-cost flats are coming up.


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