Govt to build 40,000 flats for the poor
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The Delhi government on Saturday cleared a proposal to construct 40,000 flats for the urban poor at two locations in the city, while also deciding to accelerate the pace of allotments of already constructed flats.
While the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) hopes to allot at least 14,000 houses by September, another proposal to construct a working women's hostel was approved.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who chaired the DUSIB meeting on Saturday said the government has approved the construction of flats for urban poor in Savda Ghevra and Bhalswa Jahangirpuri. "Around 100 acres of land is available in Savda Ghevra and another 102 acres is available in Bhalswa Jahangirpuri. We hope to construct at least 40,000 flats for the urban poor at these two sites," Dikshit said.
She said the Board had also approved four more projects for the construction of around 6,200 flats under the Rajiv Awas Yojana and in-situ re-development scheme of Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) clusters.
According to Dikshit, the government was also keen on speeding up allotments for flats built under the scheme.
"The Board has chalked out a schedule to organise camps for different JJ clusters to determine the eligibility of the beneficiaries and it has been clearing around 200 cases every day. The schedule for May and June has already been prepared and will involve around 30 clusters, in which more than 3,900 beneficiaries will be cleared for allotment," Dikshit said.
The government plans to build 2,880 flats under the Rajiv Awas Yojana at Sultanpuri over around six hectares of land. As many as 15 JJ clusters will be rehabilitated on the land, thus making the Sultanpuri Assembly constituency slum-free.
"In the meeting, we decided to construct 1,472 dwelling units under Rajiv Awas Yojana at Kalyanpuri, at an estimated cost of Rs 173 crore. The Board also approved a scheme for the construction of a working women's hostel in Jhilmil Colony, East Delhi at an estimated cost of Rs 3.74 crore to accommodate 48 working women on twin sharing basis in 24 rooms," an official from the Urban Development department said.
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