A government is supposed to look after its people, the very same people who brought them to power. In a country like India, where a majority of our population is below the poverty line, the role of government becomes even more crucial. A government should ensure that its population doesn’t suffer from the lack of basic amenities like food, clothing and shelter, and Arvind Kejriwal led AAP and the Narendra Modi led government seems to be doing just that.
In a latest development, the all important Delhi government is strategically planning to build a whopping 27,000 apartments for the low income group (LIG) and economically weaker section (EWS).
According to a highly reliable senior government official, the highly anticipated project is in its initial planning stage and a detailed blue print is being drafted by the vibrant DUSIB – Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board. The proposal aims to develop and sustain close to 27,000 flats under the unique Self Financing Scheme (SFS) in Savda Ghevra and Bhalswa area of Mundka in west Delhi.
The official government authorities have already identified the land for construction of these houses, which is 100% owned by the all important government. These much sought after houses will be constructed as per the provisions of the DUSIB Act. The project is currently under active consideration.
According to government agencies, the city government is very keen to rapidly accelerate the pace of extending and providing affordable homes to middle and low income group residents of the national capital of Delhi. As per the proposal, the apartments will be strategically accommodated in world class 14-storey towers with a maximum area of 1,000 sq ft. The proposal is expected to be tabled in front of the cabinet for further analysis and approval.
If the project takes shape and is delivered in a timely fashion, the people of Delhi will benefit immensely from it. But that’s the problem with India that the benefits meant for the needy hardly ever reached them. For instance, more than a staggering 500 plus apartments meant for the LIG and EWS in the Millennium City of Gurgaon are still vacant even after four years of completion. Nobody seems to have a clue about what to do with these flats.
The Delhi government should therefore learn from the mistakes of its counterparts from NCR and deliver the much needed homes in a never before seen timely manner. Authorities of the Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida region should also follow suit soon, as this is the need of the hour after all.