DDA Slum Wing 1985 Housing Scheme Revived By DUSIB After 3 Decade
1985 housing scheme, launched by what used to be the slum wing of Delhi Development Authority (DDA), has been revived by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) of the Delhi government. As many as 19,000 people, who had applied for the flats by paying the booking amount when the scheme was launched are still on the wait-list.
Now, the government is finalising the process to identify and reach out to the beneficiaries who are still eligible and willing to buy a house under the 1985 Housing Scheme. The scheme was meant to provide affordable housing to low-income families willing to buy a flat at the market rate.
The revival of the housing scheme involves considering the pending registrants on a priority basis for houses. To begin with, the registrants will get houses in Sawada Ghevra, a few kilometres away from Mundka metro station in northwest Delhi. There are 7,260 EWS flats built by DUSIB that are ready for use here. These houses, for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), will be sold to eligible applicants at the market price of about Rs 12 to 13 lakh.
However, the final modalities are still being worked out and will include the eligibility criteria for verifying the claim of registrants, so that the 1985 Housing Scheme reaches the economic strata it was meant for. The decision to implement the scheme comes after approval from LG. The aggrieved applicants have also been fighting their battle in the high court, consumer courts and other forums. DUSIB is now preparing to fast-track the identification and allotment process for the eligible applicants.
The Delhi government has a pool of thousands of EWS flats made by DSIIDC and DUSIB that are lying vacant. Both DSIIDC and DUSIB have built around 35,000 flats since work on EWS housing started under JNNURM in 2008. Under the present government, the EWS housing programme was rechristened as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The slum policy, which was in the works since 2015, was finally approved later last year.
When the “Residential Flat Registration Scheme 1985” was launched by DDA, 27,000 people applied for it by paying Rs 3,000 as booking amount. After that, 5,662 applicants were given flats at different places. Around 3,000 withdrew their applications later and around 19,000 registrants failed to get any flat.
One of the prime reasons for the 1985 Housing Scheme ending up in cold storage was that the DDA slum wing moved into the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in 1993. Later, it was taken over by the Delhi government, which set up DUSIB in 2010.
Like MCD, Delhi government, too, is not a developer of the general housing. Hence, the scheme remained forgotten until it was taken up for discussion and revival in view of pending complaints, the court case and a large pool of houses lying vacant, officials said.
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