AAP Government Shelves Slum Relocation Project in Delhi, Cites Existing Inventory

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In the 29th board meeting of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), chaired by CM Arvind Kejriwal on September 26 it was decided to float fresh tenders for the relocation project after 3 years after shelving the existing project. A huge inventory was available with the DUSIB and a large number of houses were unoccupied but with a lack of a concrete plan of action regarding the relocation, the idea was dropped as per the records of the meeting.

The project was first sanctioned in August 2017, to shift 3,706 families from Jahangirpuri and approximately 800 families from Wazirpur. Again, in October 2018, the govt restated its dedication to completing this project in 18 months. The plan included the construction of 582 flats at Sangam Park, 784 EWS flats at Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh, and 448 flats at Kasturba Niketan, Lajpat Nagar.

Tenders were raised for all these projects under which Dev Nagar and Sangam Park received only single bids while Jahangirpuri received multiple bids as per the record. So, the govt has decided to invite fresh tenders for the Dev Nagar projects which will provide the facility to shift 203 families affected by the construction of the National War Museum at Princess Park near India Gate will be shifted.

While the government, in this case, stated that the flats were unoccupied, earlier, when the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of 48,000 jhuggis along Delhi’s railway tracks, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain wrote a letter to Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reflecting upon government’s reluctance to utilize the inventory of unused flats, stating that they are located in outer areas.

On November 13, the govt announced that it has decided to build 89,400 flats for economically weak and slum dwellers. The deadline for the first phase of this project is set for 24 months.

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