Highrises planned at 20 slum sites

The Delhi Development Authority has floated tenders for hiring consultants to initiate in situ rehabilitation — situated in the existing place or position — of 20 slum clusters in the city.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 1:05 am

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has floated tenders for hiring consultants to initiate in situ rehabilitation — situated in the existing place or position — of 20 slum clusters in the city.

Work has already begun in Kathputli Colony in West Delhi under a public-private partnership and tenders will soon be floated for construction of multi-storeyed blocks in Kalkaji. Slum clusters at Kusumpur Pahari near Vasant Kunj,Ashok Vihar and Shalimar Bagh will form part of the project.

People living in slum clusters in A-14 Kalkaji will be rehabilitated in multi-storeyed buildings that will be constructed in an adjoining open area. As many as 8,000 slum dwellers will be rehabilitated under this scheme.

“We are going to take up in situ rehabilitation in Kalkaji and tenders are likely to be floated soon. We will also be hiring a consultant to study in situ rehabilitation of 20 slum clusters in Delhi. This is the first time that such a project has been initiated in Delhi,’’ DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said.

The Kalkaji project is going to be taken up in two phases and each building will have 15-16 floors. Vertical growth is being encouraged in such projects.

“In Phase I,rehabilitation of 3,000 slum dwellers will be taken up. Flats will be constructed and tenders will involve coming up with architectural designs for the project. The approximate cost of this project is likely to be Rs 205 crore which will be borne by the DDA. A decision has to be taken on Phase II,on whether it will be under the the PPP mode or done by us,’’ a DDA official said. “The prices of these flats are being deliberated upon.”

To encourage private players to take up such projects,a certain percentage of commercial exploitation of land along with development of high-end housing on the same plot will be permitted. This has been done in the case of Kathputli Colony near Shadipur depot.

“This project is being looked at as the first of its kind in situ redevelopment project. At Kathputli Colony,it is spread over 5.22 hectares. The project envisages construction of 2,800 EWS units for the squatter families of Kathputli Colony. This will act as a pilot project in Delhi,’’ the official said.

“The project will have a 10 per cent commercial component. Transit camps for shifting slum dwellers are being constructed at Anand Parbat. Around 1,100 people will be put up there. Another plot has been identified and 600 more transit accommodation will be made there. We still have to identify land for transit accommodation for the remaining 1,100. We hope that shifting takes place in six months,’’ the official said.

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