Delhi govt to expedite allotment of 10,000 low-cost houses
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 21:37
New Delhi: As the East Delhi building collapse brought to the fore the struggle of the poor for a roof, Delhi Government Thursday decided to expedite the process for allotting around 10,000 low-cost houses to the vulnerable section at the earliest.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit directed Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta to take immediate steps for allocation of the houses built by DSIIDC in Narela, Dwarka, Bhorgarh and Bawana areas of the national capital, top officials said.

They said Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) had constructed a total of 1,024 low-cost dwelling units in Dwarka and Dikshit also directed Mehta to distribute the flats to the slum dwellers at the earliest.

The issue was also discussed at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Dikshit.

Dikshit's direction came just three days after the building collapse in the congested Lalita Park locality in east Delhi on Monday night in which 70 people had lost their lives.

Over 60 families, mostly labourers from West Bengal, were living in the cramped quarters of the 15-year-old building where two floors were constructed illegally.

Government's premier infrastructure development agency Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) had built nearly 9,000 low-cost flats under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna.

Officials said the flats will be allotted to those families whose yearly income does not exceed Rs 60,000.

"We will now frame a policy for distribution of the flats as all the construction work in the flats have been completed," said an official of the Urban Development Department.

There has been a public outrage over the building collapse which had also brought to focus the problem faced by the poor in getting shelter in the city.

The government had yesterday appointed a one-member judicial commission to probe the incident.

The inquiry, to be conducted by former Delhi High Court judge Justice Lokeshwar Prashad, will probe all aspects of the incident including whether there was any procedural, administrative, and statutory lapses that led to the tragedy.

It will also fix responsibility, both individual and institutional, for the collapse of the building.


First Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 21:37

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