The Delhi government will undertake the construction of 89,400 flats for economically weaker sections and slum dwellers by 2025, according to a statement.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) on Friday and it was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “We have to provide shelter to every poor in Delhi and the project should be completed within its due timeline,” Kejriwal said in the meeting.
Construction of 89,400 flats will be carried out in three phases. In the first phase, 41,400 will be constructed, followed by 18,000 in the second phase and 30,000 in the third phase, the statement said.
The meeting was also attended by Urban Development Minister and DUSIB Vice-Chairperson Satyendar Jain, Principal Secretary (Urban Development) Renu Sharma, and other senior officers.
“The ‘Jahan Jhuggi Wahin Makaan’ policy is the flagship policy of the Delhi government. We have to ensure that the construction of the EWS (economically weaker section) flats for in-situ rehabilitation of people should be completed in its due time line. This has to be ensured so that we can provide shelter to every poor in Delhi,” the chief minister said.
Out of the 221 acres of land available with the DUSIB, at present 115 acres of land is being considered for the construction of EWS houses. The construction project will also be carried out on the vacant land from where people have been shifted, said DUSIB Member Bipin Rai.
The architect consultants for the project will be appointed in the next two months, he said. Rai said that the 89,400 houses will be constructed in three phases. It said a detailed rehabilitation and construction plan, including the appointment of architect consultants, is being prepared by the government.
In the first phase, 41,400 houses will be constructed by 2022. In the second phase, 18,000 houses will be constructed and in the third phase, 30,000 EWS houses will be constructed across Delhi, he said. The houses will be multi-storeyed, and five separate tenders will be floated for each of 8,000 houses, Rai said.
The time frame for the construction of houses in the first phase is 24 months, with a construction cost of Rs 3,312 crores for 41,400 flats, Rs eight lakh per flat, he said.