With an eye on MCD polls slated for March,Delhi Government finally starts the allotment of around 2,200 low cost flats to industrial workers in the city on Friday.
In the first batch,a total of 115 industrial workers were given allotment letters of flats built at Narela area of North West Delhi,at a function attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Each beneficiary will have to pay around Rs 1.6 lakh to the government as cost of flat having 16.1 metre of carpet area. The government has made arrangements with a number of banks to provide loan to facilitate loans to the beneficiaries.
Government’s infrastructure development agency DSIIDC,which built the 2,229 flats on ‘no loss no profit’ basis,selected the beneficiaries by holding a draw of lots. A total of 11,000 applicants had applied for the flats.
The flats have been built under Rajiv Gandhi Housing scheme for industrial workers. The remaining 2,114 flats will be allotted within next six months.
Officials said Government would make available hospitals,schools,shopping complexes and bus services to the occupants of the flats in Narela so that the industrial workers and their families do not face any inconvenience.
Dikshit,who personally distributed allotment letter to
22 beneficiaries,described allotment of the flats as beginning of a major task ahead.
“It was our dream to give you a roof and today we have made a significant step forward in realising the dream. This is just the beginning. There is a major challenge ahead of us
and we will do our best to take on the challenge,” she said.
Admitting that construction of low cost flats under the scheme announced nearly four years ago got delayed due to various constraints,she said Delhi government was working
very hard to provide roof to the industrial workers as well as
to economically weaker section.
She also exhorted DSIIDC,which had earlier allotted 2,820 such flats under the scheme,to expedite construction of more low cost flats.
Dikshit said the city government will continue its effort to provide affordable houses in well developed colonies to the industrial workers,economically weaker section and slum dwellers.
Officials said 17.5 per cent flats are being reserved for workers belonging to SC,7.5 per cent for ST,one per cent for physically handicapped and 5 per cent of the flats are being reserved for Group C and D employees of public sector
undertakings under the city government.
Out of 2,229 flats,337 have been built at Bawana area.
They said physical possession of flats will be given after obtaining biometric details of the beneficiaries. They said DSIIDC will carry out periodical verification to ensure that beneficiaries do not misuse the flats.
Speaking on the occasion,Industries Minister Ramakant Goswami said government has set a target of 2016 to make Delhi a slum-free city.
The DSIIDC is in the process of constructing over 70,000 low cost flats for distribution among people belonging to economically weaker section.