DDA to redevelop six more slums


NEW DELHI: DDA will be carrying out work on six new in situ slum redevelopment projects across the city based on the public-private partnership model, after Kathputli Colony and Kalkaji Extension. The six locations are Rohini sectors 18 and 19, Kirti Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Dilshad Garden and Kusumpur Pahadi (near Vasant Vihar).

Tarun Kapoor, vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) said that, DDA has engaged an agency to carry out surveys in the slum clusters at Rohini, Dilshad Garden, Kirti Nagar and other areas to identify the beneficiaries as per Delhi Slum and JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy, 2015.

Apart from carrying out the surveys, DDA will be roping in consultants to prepare detailed project reports (DPR) of each slum redevelopment project. It has already engaged a consultant for the Dilshad Garden project and is in the process of engaging consultants for the others.

The land-owning agency will be engaging technical consultants-cum-transaction advisors for not only the preparation of DPRs, but also initial feasibility reports and the bid documents. The projects would be carried out on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis. 

The consultant will first conduct a feasibility study for determining the technical feasibility and financial viability following which the projects would be awarded to a private entity selected through a competitive bidding process.

According to a DDA official the redevelopment of slums situated on DDA land is being done to eventually make Delhi slum-free and achieve the mission of housing for all by 2022. DDA is trying to attract private investment by public-private partnership. It also plans to reclaim encroached land and use it optimally for creating maximum affordable houses and facilities.

There are 675 slums in Delhi out of which 499 are on central government’s land, including DDA’s. In total, DDA will be carrying out rehabilitation work in 23 slum clusters in phases. The official said that all beneficiary families of the in situ redevelopment projects will get a flat with two rooms, kitchen, bathroom, water closet and balcony with basic amenities. The aim is to provide a hygienic, healthy and dignified lifestyle to the slum dwellers.

As per the public-private partnership model, a developer will be roped in to build housing facilities for slum dwellers. In lieu of this, the developer will get a part of the vacated land for commercial development. 

The feasibility studies of the slum clusters will identify if there is enough land available to create remunerative components of these projects.

Source: ET Realty