Construction work will soon start on one of the first in-situ development of slum clusters in the city. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is going to rehabilitate nearly 8,000 slum dwellers in Kalkaji Extension in multi-storey buildings coming up on the same plot where the slum now exists.
Along with the in-situ development of Kathputli Colony in west Delhi, the rehabilitation project at Pocket A-14 of Kalkaji Extension is going to be one of the first such projects to be undertaken in the capital.
There is, however, a difference in the way these two projects are being carried out. While Kathputli Colony project is a public private partnership - where construction is being carried out by a private developer - the Kalkaji Extension project is being carried out solely by the DDA.
“Kathputli Colony is the first in-situ development project being carried out with the participation of a private party. The slum dwellers there are being relocated first for the construction to begin with an assurance that they will be shifted to the flats as and when they are ready,” said a senior DDA official who did not wish to be named.
The slum dwellers would be relocated to a transit camp for the time being.
“That project includes a remunerative component whereby the developer would be able to use some part of the project commercially,” he said.
In the case of Kalkaji Extension, however, relocation of slum dwellers would not be required.
“We already have a vacant plot nearby where 15 storey high apartments would be built and 3,000 slum dwellers would be shifted there in the first phase. The space vacated by them would be then used for building the next set of apartment blocks,” he said.
“The tenders for the Kalkaji Extension project have been awarded and construction is going to begin soon,” the official said. The total area of the development plan is 10.59 hectares and the project would cost more than R300 crore.
“We are building high-rises at these places because going vertical is the only way to accommodate large number of people,” he said. “After Kathputli Colony and Kalkaji Extension, we plan to carry out similar in situ development projects in other parts of the city as well,” he said.