Staff Reporter

`Multi-storeyed units to come up on lines of Tehkhand project'

`Capital has to evolve its own model instead of aping any other city for solving its problems'`The need of the hour is that various agencies work in tandem' `DUAC has been set up to regulate the development of Delhi'

NEW DELHI: Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said on Tuesday that Delhi would be beautified while taking care of the needs of the poor and to this end 100,000 dwelling units would be constructed over the next two years for rehabilitating slum dwellers.

Declaring that "multi-storeyed housing units would be constructed through public-private partnership on the land occupied by slum dwellers'' on the lines of the pilot Tehkhand project undertaken by the Delhi Development Authority, Mr. Reddy said Delhi -- which is a wealthy city in terms of culture, history and heritage -- has to evolve its own model instead of aping any other city for solving its problems.

In the Tehkhand project in South Delhi, 3,500 units for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category and 750 for the Higher Income Group (HIG) are proposed to be built by private developers on land provided by DDA. And already the response from the private builders has been huge with over 120 forms having been sold and almost all the major builders of Delhi going in for the bidding process.

Attending the Delhi Urban Art Commission exhibition here, the Minister said: "We have to plan proper dwelling units for 16 million population in the city. As soon this figure will touch the 20 million mark, we have to be liberal and fair in allowing growth without sacrificing the character of the city.''

Noting that DUAC was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1974 to regulate the development of Delhi -- which had begun to go the high-rise way - Mr. Reddy said Indira Gandhi was personally very concerned about the need to retain the special qualities of Delhi and see to it that it developed into a visually beautiful city. As such DUAC had to ensure that civic amenities and urban aesthetics complemented each other.

With various agencies such as DDA, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council, DUAC, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Central Public Works Department and the PWD executing large projects and schemes in the Capital, Mr. Reddy said "the need of the hour is that all these agencies work in tandem to enable us to achieve the common goal of placing the city at a higher pedestal''.

"The synergy through strategic partnership among these agencies would help in evolving a holistic perspective for development of the Capital city. In view of this, the Ministry of Urban Development now propose to formulate a blueprint for evolving a strategic partnership between the aforesaid agencies for providing a forum to discuss various plans, programmes of all these bodies and develop new ideas and to ensure their effective implementation,'' he said, adding that such a forum would enable regular interaction among the local bodies and major players.

The primary role of the group would be to serve as a think tank in which preliminary ideas can be evolved by all the participating agencies so as to benefit from collective wisdom, concerns and experiences, the Minister said. Moreover, the new initiatives of development agencies and local bodies as well as concepts prepared by DUAC would be discussed in the forum at the inception to gain inputs and views of all the alliance partners.

The programme was also attended by Delhi Lieutenant Governor B.L. Joshi, Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, Union Urban Development Secretary Anil Baijal and DUAC Chairman Charles Correa.