The Delhi government plans to restart the building of 16,000 low-income housing units. It has also recommended repairing around 18,000 semi-built apartments that are in disrepair. Previously, the Delhi State Industries and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) had launched the scheme to build flats for the lower-income group under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with Central Government funding.
When did the project begin?
In the 1990s and early 2000s, DSIIDC began construction of around 34,000 apartments for slum residents, of which approximately 1,500 units were finished and turned over to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Authority for allotment. The development of the additional flats was halted in the middle due to a variety of circumstances, along with a lack of funding and difficulties with land acquisition.
Where are the apartments located?
The project has been authorised for Gogha, Bhorgarh, Narela, Pooth Khurd, Baprola, Tikri Kalan, and Bawana.
How long does it take to prepare the flats?
It will take about two years to complete the semi-finished apartments that are still in various stages of development. The completed apartments that have been sitting vacant for several years are in disrepair and will be refurbished in around eight months for allocation.
The delay in completing these apartments has resulted in a 50% rise in overall construction costs. The Delhi administration has also reached an agreement with the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The Central Government will hand over around 16000 units for assignment to private firms, while approximately 2000 flats have been authorized for CISF.
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