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High-rises to replace illegal colonies in Delhi

delhi Updated: Feb 15, 2012 23:22 IST
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Houses in unauthorised colonies in the city may soon undergo a major facelift with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) planning to construct multi-storeyed flats.

Lt Governor Tejender Khanna said on Wednesday that they are looking into the possibility of involving private players to construct high-rise flats in all those colonies which will be regularised.

"There is a provision in the Master Plan too. We want to provide structural stability to the houses in unauthorised colonies and for this purpose, will involve private players. The houses will be taken over and the property owners will be given new structurally safe flats in return," said Ranjan Mukherjee, officer on special duty to L-G.

According to the officials, the houses in unauthorised colonies are structurally not safe and in case of a natural calamity, these buildings will be worst hit.

"Most of the houses constructed in these colonies share the same boundary. So, if one falls, the other will be affected too. There is a need to revamp these houses and make them safe. A number of residents living in such colonies can't afford to reconstruct them, which is why we are planning to take it up the work," said a senior Delhi government official.

A total of 1,218 colonies out of 1,638 unauthorised colonies were given provisional certificates by the government in 2008.

However, 125 of these were recently served showcause notices as less than 50% construction had taken place in these colonies.

240 units for slum dwellers
Starting its process of rehabilitation of slums, the NDMC has sanctioned Rs 21.89 crore for 240 dwelling units at Bakarwala.

After clearing away a cluster of jhuggi jhopadi colony, the civic agency will be building homes for the displaced families. The houses will be sold at subsidised rates so that people from the EWS are able to afford it.