Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said there was a need for all the agencies to work in tandem in order to make Delhi a slum-free city. She was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a slum redevelopment project at Kalkaji Extension in South Delhi.
Ms. Dikshit said the Government’s priority was to rehabilitate jhuggi jhonpri dwellers under the in-situ development programme being undertaken in the city. Laying the foundation stone of the Delhi Development Authority project at A-14 Kalkaji Extension, which seeks to rehabilitate 3,000 JJ families residing in slum clusters, in multi-storeyed dwelling units in the first phase, the Chief Minister said the idea was to provide proper housing to the poor.
Each flat will comprise a drawing room, one bed room, a kitchen, a toilet and a balcony. The complex will be provided with one primary and one middle school and there will be Anganwadi facilities, including primary health centres, space for religious activities and three parks, within the project area.
The Chief Minister said the remaining 5,000 slum dwelling units in the area will be rehabilitated in the second phase of the project.
Ms. Dikshit also laid the foundation stone of an air-conditioned Community Centre at Sriniwaspuri which would come up over an area of 2,555 square metres. It will have four floors and be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 10.25 crore.
The community centre will be constructed on the green building concept and have a sewage treatment plant, facilities for use of recycled water, rainwater harvesting and fly ash bricks. It will also have party halls, gym, library, store room, offices and guest rooms.