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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Slum dwellers’ body moves HC against new housing scheme

Soibam Rocky Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 03, 2014
First Published: 01:26 IST(3/9/2014) | Last Updated: 01:29 IST(3/9/2014)

An body of dwellers of slum clusters has moved the Delhi High Court, challenging DDA’s new housing scheme.

The JJ clusters’ dwellers welfare association claimed 2,400 ready flats in Dwarka, built to relocate slum dwellers under the economically weaker section (EWS) scheme, have been included for allotment to general public.

Justice VK Shali, before whom the case came up for hearing on Tuesday asked the Shiv Camp W-62 JJ Cluster Dwellers Welfare Association to establish their locus to challenge the housing scheme. Declining to issue notice to city government and DDA over the petition, the HC posted the case for further hearing on September 24.

In its petition, the association has claimed that the DDA had in August last year decided to allot its EWS house to JJ cluster dwellers. The associations are seeking allotment of 2,382 flats, which are the part of the DDA’s 2014 housing scheme, to slum dwellers residing in Shankar Garden and Indra Camp No 2, 4, and 5 at Vikaspuri as per eligibility list prepared in August last year.

In a joint press conference held on Monday, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) alleged that the decision to allot these flats was taken at the behest of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi but the BJP-led NDA government reversed it.

Referring to an advertisement published in various newspapers in January 2012, the DPCC said the DDA had announced the construction of 2,400 houses for the economically weaker sections which was attended by the then Union urban development minister Kamal Nath and Union minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation Kumari Selja.

However, the DDA in a press statement agreed that the agency had considered the proposal but it could not be taken to its logical conclusion due to the high cost of the houses and no subsidy from the government.

Out of the total 25,034 flats offered in the scheme, only 700 flats are for EWS category, priced at Rs5.87 lakh to Rs9.9 lakh. The largest chunk of the flats —22,627 are one bedroom units with a drawing room, kitchen and bathroom and located mostly in Dwarka, Rohini and Narela.


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