Delhi govt to soon start allotment of houses to slum dwellers



New Delhi: Delhi government will soon start allotment process of 7,900 low-cost flats to slum dwellers in the city under new norms aimed at avoiding a repeat of a DDA-like scam.

The Delhi Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today gave approval for the allotment of the flats under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna with stringent guidelines to ensure that the benefits reach the genuine beneficiary.

The DSIIDC has constructed 7,900 flats at Bawana, Narela, Bhorgarh, Gogha and Bapraula which are almost ready for allotment.

Following the DDA flats scam, the wary government has decided to plug all loopholes and has made mandatory the name of the slum dweller to figure in the joint bio-metric survey conducted by Slum and JJ (jhuggi-jhopri) Department with representatives of the concerned land owning agency.

"The dweller will be entitled for only one residential flat even if he or she is occupying more than one flat. However, no flat will be allotted if the jhuggi is used for commercial purposes," a senior official said.

In order to enhance status of the women, it has been decided to make the allotment jointly in the name of the husband and wife with bio-metric details along with photos of both. The flats will be allowed to be used only for residential purposes.

The JJ dweller should be in the voters' list as also possess ration card issued on any date before December 31, 1998 or thereafter upto the date of survey, the official added.

PTI