Govt told to expedite flat allotment to slum dwellers

The 27-year-long wait of slum dwellers to own a house in the capital may soon end.

New Delhi: The 27-year-long wait of slum dwellers to own a house in the capital may soon end with the Delhi High Court asking the city government and its agencies to devise a time-bound plan to allot flats to 20,000 beneficiaries of a scheme launched way back in 1985.
"The Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi shall convene a meeting to be attended by the Principal Secretary, Department of Urban Development as also the Secretary, Land and Building Department of the Govt of NCT and the CEO, Delhi
Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), the implementing agency, to discuss the manner and the timeline in which the wait-listed registrants can be allotted residential flats.

"The said meeting shall be convened within a period of two weeks," Justice Him Kohl said, hoping that the slum dwellers will get homes in their "life time".

Issuing a slew of directions, the court lamented the "lack of communication" among government agencies as it led to delay in allotment of flats.

"It appears...there is some lack of communication and co-ordination among the three government agencies, which has not been ironed out despite pendency of the present petitions.

As a result, though the petitioners are wait-listed registrants for the past innumerable years, they have been kept waiting for allotment of flats under the scheme floated by DDA in 1985," it said.

The order came on a batch of petitions filed by five persons, who had registered with the Residential Flats Registration Scheme for Slum Dwellers and Others 1985, seeking directions to agencies to allot them flats.

The petitions said that the flat aspirants were residing in slums here since 1985.


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