Government fast-tracks process to open 10 old age homes

The project have remained stagnant for years, said sources in the government.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2015 2:41 am

Aiming to open at least 10 old age homes soon, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has fast-tracked the process to acquire land and obtain requisite clearances for the projects. These project have remained stagnant for years, said sources in the government.

The delayed projects include a proposed old age home in Kanti Nagar, with an estimated construction cost of Rs 5.78 crore, which is still awaiting statutory clearance from local authorities, said a senior government official.

Another proposed old age home in Chittaranjan Park, with an estimated construction cost of Rs 4.83 crore, is awaiting similar clearance.

Old age homes in Paschim Vihar, Chhatarpur and Wazirpur await similar approvals before construction can be started.

While a project in Sector – 4, Rohini, had made some progress after the municipal corporation approved its building plan, PWD Minister Satyendra Jain has asked for a new building plan.

“A letter from the minister of Department of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development has been sent to the PWD minister, with a request to get the construction started as per the already approved plan,” said a source.

For one old age home at Geeta Colony, a request has been made to the architect to prepare the building drawings in consultation with the PWD.

For another proposed old age home in Janakpuri, possession of the land has been taken from the DDA in November 2014.

Details of another proposed old age home, planned in Sarita Vihar, has been sent by the PWD to the concerned architect to prepare building drawings.

The tenth old age home is facing litigation over the plot, and an alternative site has been finalised by the DDA and social welfare department officials.

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