Speak to Metro to connect housing projects,DDA told

The Delhi Development Authority has been told to hold talks with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to ensure that future housing projects and upcoming Metro routes can be syncronised.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published:January 16, 2012 3:16 am

The Delhi Development Authority has been told to hold talks with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to ensure that future housing projects and upcoming Metro routes can be syncronised.

Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath discussed the issue of few takers for houses in sub-cities,like Narela,during an interactive sessions with DDA officials on Friday.

“To ensure proper mobility,DDA should take up this matter during Metro phases III and IV planning and construction. I have been assured by DDA vice-chairman G S Patnaik that DDA would be willing to give money to DMRC for this purpose,” said Nath.

According to DDA,many flats in Narela sub-city,for instance,have not been occupied due to lack of connectivity with public transport.

“Narela is not well connected with other parts of the city through Metro or other modes of public transport. That is the reason why not many people have occupied flats there. We feel that having a Metro line near our housing projects will help make our the projects more attractive,especially since we have to create new sub-cities in the future. We need to coordinate with DMRC to ensure proper planning in the city. The UD minister had also emphasised on the need to do so,” a DDA official said.

Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna,who was also present for the session,suggested that basic amenities like water and sewage should be included in the overall cost of a housing project to ensure that it is completed on time,said a source in the DDA.

“The L-G said to avoid delays in providing basic services,resulting from multiplicity of authorities,the cost of such services should be made part of the overall project cost,” said the source.

Meanwhile,referring to the need for housing for the poor,Nath said one lakh EWS houses should be built per year.

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