Delhi Govt Plans Moving Over 25,000 People From Slums to Flats in 2 Years
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New Delhi, December 5: The Delhi government in order to fast-track the minimum delay in shifting the 25,000 poor from slums, has put in effect a major rehabilitation for the slum dwellers by constructing 5,310 flats in the vertical settlements in five different locations in the national capital.

All the process involved – proposal, planning, designing and approval – of five projects were fast tracked by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). The board had issued a tender last month inviting agencies to take up the construction work, which is scheduled to open on December 20. Poverty Porn? Tourists Can Now Experience Mumbai Slum Life at Rs 2280 per Night

According to the plan, the agencies would construct five residential towers – each 12-18 story high – one each in Bhalswa, Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh, while two building will be constructed in Sangam Park. After the construction, 25,000 people can be accommodated in the flats – currently living in the slums. However, the bidder needs to submit the design to ensure a total of 5,310 flats, reports TOI.

Informing more about the project, DUSIB chief executive officer Shurbur Singh said, as the daily quotes, “This is one of the largest housing project planned by DUSIB.” Though no door-to-door survey has been conducted to ascertain the slum population of the city, but the agency estimates it to be 30 lakhs. The proposed construction sites are located in Pocket F in Bhalswa, near the railway line in Sangam Park, Kasturba Niketan in Lajpat Nagar Phave IV and Dev Nagar in Karol Bagh.