Govt to allocate 7,000 EWS houses by June

Pre-poll move Surveys being conducted in jhuggi jhopri clusters across city to identify beneficiaries.

Written by Apurva | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2013 12:56 am

Pre-poll move Surveys being conducted in jhuggi jhopri clusters across city to identify beneficiaries.

More than five years after around 14,000 houses meant for economically weaker sections (EWS) of society were built and still remain unused,the Delhi government has fast-tracked housing allocations. With the Assembly elections around the corner,the government hopes to allocate at least 7,000 EWS houses by the end of June and complete the remaining before September.

Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely told Newsline that the housing scheme would pick up pace over the next few months.

“We have already started surveys in jhuggi jhopri (JJ) clusters across the city to identify beneficiaries of the housing scheme,” Lovely said. Of the 14,000 houses meant for EWS families,3,000 were for the urban poor,while the remaining were meant for residents of rehabilitated JJ clusters,Lovely said.

According to senior officials in the UD Ministry,the scheme remained stalled due to the duplicity of identification and address documents.

“We had decided to accept documents recognised by the Election Commission of India (ECI),but realised that in many cases the applicant had either moved out or his present situation had changed,” Lovely said. He said the government had then decided to stop allocations of houses to sort through documents.

However,the UD Ministry has now decided to conduct their own surveys to determine the intended beneficiaries of the housing scheme.

“The surveys in JJ clusters has already started and we hope to complete it within the next two weeks. From the survey report,we will allocate at least 7,000 houses to residents of JJ clusters in the next two months,” Lovely said.

Senior UD department officials said this was only the first of many surveys they would conduct. “There are 14,000 houses ready for occupation at the moment,but more projects will be completed this year. The surveys for JJ cluster allocations is work in motion. We hope to complete all allocations before elections later this year,” Lovely said.

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