Delhi Development Authority (DDA) may start allotting EWS flats built for the residents of Jailorwala Bagh slum cluster in north Delhi from June this year.
Lieutenant governor VK Saxena on Tuesday visited the multi-storeyed housing project to review its progress. He found that the work was 95% complete and the flats are likely to be ready by May.
Saxena also visited Vaishanavi, an upcoming nursery-cum-park, in the neighbouring Ashok Vihar-II and reviewed its progress.
Built for in situ rehabilitation for the residents of Jailorwala Bagh slums, the 14-storey housing project — having 1,675 flats — is earthquake-resistant and is replete with all modern facilities, according to the officials.
While 1,093 flats will be allotted to the residents of Jailorwala Bagh slum, the remaining 582 will be handed over to beneficiaries from other areas.
According to officials, DDA had last year allotted similar flats in Kalkaji under ‘Jahan Jhuggi Wahin Makaan’ scheme, which was a first of its kind project in the capital. “The flats in Jailorwala Bagh will also go a long way in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s inclusive vision of a dignified life to the poorest of the poor,” said a Raj Niwas official.
With an area of 340 square feet, each of these flats have a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, separate toilet and bathroom and a balcony. “While the total residential built-up area of the project is approximately 67,000 square metre, the covered area for community facilities is nearly 1000sqm. It also has a provision for parking of 337 vehicles,” said another official.
The LG also reviewed the progress of Vaishnavi nursery-cum-park, which is adjacent to these flats. Officials said the world-class nursery will prove a boon to nearly 10,000 residents of Jailorwala Bagh flats and also of residential colonies in neighbouring areas. The project consolidates seven fragmented green pockets to develop one large park of approximately 33 acres. The foundation of the park was laid by Saxena on December 29, last year.
“The project proposes to develop an environmental asset in the form of a public park. It will act like an integrated centre where city dwellers and tourists will be provided with hands-on opportunity to interact with nature through connected activities of plant nursery, vermi-composting, apiculture, pottery and hydroponic farming.
“The central area has been designed as a public park with subtle introduction to mythological tree species in the main space along with interactive sculptures and a multi-purpose ground. There will be a standing restaurant within this space, which will operate after park timings. An independent approach will connect the restaurant area to the park,” the official added.