Work to begin on new homes for Kalkaji slum dwellers

The work on 8,000 flats for residents of slum cluster in A-14 Kalkaji is set to begin soon. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has already floated tenders for the project, which is termed as the biggest slum rehabilitation scheme taken up by the land agency in recent times.

"Tenders for the project have been floated and we will award the work soon,'' a DDA official said. According to officials, work will be taken up in phases, and the first phase will involve construction of over 2,000 flats.

"DDA is going to take up this project on its own. There is an empty plot near the slum cluster, which was earmarked for a community centre. In Phase-I, work will begin here. Once people shift into the new flats on this plot, the vacated land will be used for the next phase of construction. The cost of the project will be borne by DDA. The cost estimate for phase-I is around Rs 500 crore,'' non-official member Subhash Chopra said.

It is learnt that each building will have 15 to 16 floors.

The DDA is also trying to carry out slum rehabilitation in Kathputli Colony, where the work has been taken up under PPP model. "The transit camps at Anand Parbat are almost ready. A total of 2,800 transit camps are supposed to be provided to start work at Kathputli Colony. We are trying to provide basic facilities like water and power before people start shifting to these camps,'' a DDA official said.

"Kathputli Colony is spread over 5.22 hectares. The project envisages construction of 2,800 EWS units for the families. This will act as a pilot project in Delhi,'' the official said. The project will have a 10 per cent commercial component.

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