Keeping in mind the needs of the population, which is above the age of 60, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning to set up an old-age housing society at one of its plots in West Delhi. The plot had been earmarked for the purpose in Master Plan 2021.
As the land owning agency in the capital, the usual norm is for the DDA to auction a designated land, which is bought by interested parties and developed. But in the case of the five-hectare plot in Rohini Sector-40, which has been kept aside for the construction of an old-age housing society, the DDA wants to be a partner in the development and upkeep of the home.
“The need for old-age homes is growing in Delhi. The project is part of the social objectives of the DDA. Through a PPP project, the DDA would be able to ensure delivery of services. We will sign a service contract with the private player,” a senior DDA official said.
Once approved by the DDA, a consultant would be hired to prepare the tender document. The group housing society will have 1,000 apartments, the official said.
“The apartments would be independent dwelling units — both AC and non-AC — which can be taken up by couples or individuals. All facilities needed for senior citizens such as on-call doctors, meditation hall, dining hall, library and internet will be provided,” an official said.
The apartments at the housing society will be rented out, the official said. The rent will be decided once the proposal is cleared. The DDA will maintain a queue system and choose tenants on the basis of a lottery, the official said.
According to a recent report released by the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge India, India had 90 million elderly persons in 2011. The number is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026.