The shortage in Type II category for employees at the lower pay scale is 11,116; 129 in Type VIII category
Unlike Nagpur, Allahabad, Jodhpur, Kozhikode and Srinagar that have more houses than applicants, the wait for a residential accommodation for government employees in Delhi is getting longer and the Directorate of Estates in the city is swamped with requests for a suitable house.
The Union Urban Development Ministry has admitted that as on today, Delhi has a shortage of nearly 30,000 houses for government employees across all categories.
The maximum number of pending demands for housing in the general pool residential accommodation is the Type II category for employees who are at the lower pay scale. The shortage in this category is about 11,116 while in the highest category, Type VIII, which is allocated to the senior-most officials and ministers, there are only 129 waiting applicants.
Recently, Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath informed the Lok Sabha that to address the problem of housing shortfall in Delhi, residential, office and commercial accommodation is being built in Ghitorni and old houses being redeveloped.
The Minister said houses that were built decades ago in areas like East Kidwai Nagar, Kaka Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Srinivaspuri are being redeveloped, with utilisation of the maximum floor area ratio.
To ease the demand-supply mismatch, the Ministry is also acquiring 96 flats of various categories in the Commonwealth Games Village.
“The list of applicants waiting for a suitable accommodation at all times is very long. Not only are there people who need a house, there are also several families staying in accommodation that is lower than what they are entitled too. The demand-supply mismatch in Delhi is huge. And it was made worse by people not vacating the houses on time; it is only after the court’s intervention that we have been able to get houses vacated and allocated to the eligible employees,” said an official not wishing to be named.
He said the shortage of houses in the city has been exacerbated by the slackness shown by the authorities to fill the gap. “Little effort was made to create more space for the growing numbers. The housing facility did not grow at the pace at which is should have to meet the increasing numbers. Not only did new houses not come up, even the old housing colonies that were built decades ago have not been maintained and allowed to fall apart. There are a number of such houses that are in poor shape and no one wants to move into them,” the official said.
Giving into the complaints and demands for better housing, the Ministry has announced that it will build 82 government bungalows and flats for VVIPs in three areas of the Capital.
While 16 Type VIII bungalows will be constructed on Sunehri Bagh road, 14 multi-storey flats have been proposed on Talkatora Road and 52 flats on Bishamber Dass Marg. A proposal to re-develop North Avenue and South Avenue has also been submitted to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha House committees.