In what may come as a relief for working women in the capital who come from other states, the Delhi government has identified six sites for construction of working women’s hostels.
While three of the six sites are yet to be handed over to the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), two others have already been handed over. The sixth one is building in Dwarka, which was constructed for an old-age home. It will be converted into a hostel now.
“The hostel in Dwarka is expected to be functional by January 1, 2015,” a government official said.
According to the WCD department, the Dwarka building will accommodate 58 residents on double occupancy if all the 29 rooms — seven on the ground floor and 11 each on the first and the second floors — are used. It will also entail the construction of a visitors’ lounge and an office for the staff.
The two plots handed over to the department include a 3,193 sqm plot in Vasant Village and a 821 sqm plot in Tughlaqabad. The plots that the DDA is yet to hand over include a 1,366 sqm plot in Janakpuri, a 2,012 sqm plot in Rani Bagh and a 1,356 sqm plot in Dilshad Garden.
“Several women come to Delhi to work and they need safe and economical accommodation. Some women also travel daily to their offices in Delhi from satellite towns such as Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida. Government hostels are the most safe and economical options as they are non-profit making. Sometimes, we even give subsidies,” a senior WCD department official said.
The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) has been identified as the executing agency for the project. It will undertake the construction of the five hostel buildings. On Monday, the WCD department requested the DTTDC to execute the projects in Vasant Village and Tughlaqabad.
The WCD department has written to the DDA regarding handing over of the three plots in Janakpuri, Rani Bagh and Dilshad Garden. The DDA assured the WCD department of a response by October 28.