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  • 26 Aug 2014
  • Hindustan Times (Delhi)
  • Sidhartha Roy

DDA not building for middle-class anymore


AFFORDABLE HOUSING 22,627 flats in new scheme are one-bedroom; only 561 are two-bedroom and 21 three-bedroom

From page 2 NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority’s housing scheme scheduled to start on September 1 has very few newly constructed two and three-bedroom flats on offer.

VIPIN KUMAR / HT FILE PHOTOThe DDA is banking on its land pooling policy to cover for its fewer number of two and three-bedroom flats.

The DDA admits that its focus is not on building affordable houses for the middle class anymore.

But it promises its ambitious ‘ land pooling policy’ would more than make up for this loss.

The DDA’s 2014 housing scheme is its biggest to date with 25,034 flats on offer but a huge chunk of it is onebedroom flats. It accounts for 22,627 flats in the scheme, apart from Janta flats and flats for the economically weaker sections (EWS). There are 561 two-bedroom and just 21 threebedroomflats .

Among the newly constructed flats that are part of this scheme, there is not a single three-bedroom flat.

Those that are available are from its old inventory — flats cancelled or surrendered by allottees in previous schemes.

Rohini’s sector 29 has nine such flats, the highest, followed by five in the area’s sector 18, four in Jasola and one each in Mukherjee Nagar, Shalimar Bagh and Motia Khan.

The largest number of twobedroom flats are in Narela (396) followed by Mukherjee Na g ar( 112). T he rest are scattered in areas such as Rohini, KalyanVihar, Kalkaji, KondliGharoli, Mansarovar Park, Jhilmil, Loni Road and Jahangirpuri.

“The focus of DDA is on building affordable housing for the lower middle class and EWS category in Delhi. As a result, almost no new construction of two and threebedroom flats have taken place in the past few years, which is reflected in the latest housing scheme,” said a senior DDA official.

“We are going to announce the land pooling policy in the next three months and it would ensure that 20 lakh new housing units would come up in the city,” DDA vice chairman Balvinder Kumar.

The policy allows farmers or land owners to pool their land for development by DDA, for which they would get a share of the developed land back.

Private developers will be contracted for construction of housing on this land.