To woo slum dwellers in the run-up to the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections and the Lok Sabha elections early next year, the government plans to allot 2,400 flats in Dwarka to those from economically weaker sections (EWS).
In an unprecedented move, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to allot 2,400 vacant flats in Dwarka directly to slum dwellers residing in nearby areas instead of including them in a regular housing scheme.
This “one-time” decision was taken at the authority’s meeting on Monday and, in future, guidelines of the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation will be followed for rehabilitating slum clusters.
The DDA has identified six different slum clusters at Indira Camp, Vikaspuri and Shanker Garden, that house 2,383 families at present, for rehabilitation. To make these flats affordable, DDA has subsidised them partially. The rest will be recovered from the allottee through installments. The beneficiaries who receive these flats will have to vacate the slums, which would be demolished for land.