Kalkaji DDA Delhi Flats To Slum Dwellers By June Next Year
Kalkaji DDA Delhi Flats: As many as 3,000 slum dwellers living in unauthorised clusters in south Delhi’s Kalkaji are likely to be shifted to flats in nearby multi-storey buildings by June next year.
The project first of three pending since 2007, follows the slum redevelopment in Kathputli colony near Shadipur Depot in which 2,800 families living in shanties are being shifted under Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) first in-situ redevelopment scheme for economically weaker sections.
The scheme, part of Delhi Master Plan 2021, envisages shifting dwellers from shanties to multi-storey apartments that have been built on the public-private partnership model in the vicinity.
By June 2018, the housing colony for slum dwellers in Sector 14 of Kalkaji will be completed and DDA will shift at least 3,024 families, said principal commissioner (housing), DDA.
Spread over 10 acres, the new colony is coming up at Govindpuri road, around 1km away from the three JJ clusters in Kalkaji which house over 9,000 families. The colony, that is being constructed since 2014, has five towers with fourteen floors each. Each of the flat in the towers will have two rooms, a kitchen and a toilet.
Hoping to avoid a rerun of Kathputli, where the resettlement scheme faced resistance, the land owning agency hopes that the process of transfer will be smooth in Kalkaji. In Kathputli, officials said, the resistance was primarily because dwellers had to shift to a transit camp 2km away before shifting to the newly constructed flats.
Kalkaji families will be shifted only when the flats are ready. There is no need for a transit camp like Kathputli colony, a DDA official said.
After shifting the 3,024 families the DDA will construct another multi-storey building to house 3000 families in the second phase. Finally in the third phase, another multi-storey building will be constructed at the site which will house another 3000 families.
The space vacated after shifting the third cluster of 3000 families would be used by DDA for revenue generation. After Kalkaji, DDA will take up slum rehabilitation of nearly
1700 families living in shanties in Jallianwala Bagh in northwest Delhi’s Ashok Vihar, home to 7,000 people since 1990. Ashok Vihar flats would be completed by June 2019, a DDA official said.