Thousands of deteriorating flats for EWS, which were built under the ambitious Rajiv Awas Yojana of the former UPA government as the dream home for slum dwellers, will hopefully get occupants in the near future. This decision of Delhi government is expected to benefit about 20,000 applicants waiting for a house for 30 years.
With the AAP government deciding against relocation of jhuggis, now these flats will go to waitlisted applicants of the 1985 Special Registration Scheme that was launched by DDA. The catch, however, is that they will get the flats at revised rates.
“It has been decided to offer flats constructed under JNNURM to waitlisted applicants of 1985 Special Registration Scheme (when slum & JJ department was part of DDA) for residents of notified slum areas, JJ resettlement scheme, slum rehabilitation colonies, unauthorized colonies and urban villages,” a statement issued by Delhi government reads.
DUSIB has also decided that the rate of interest to be charged on delayed payments for flats under the hire purchase category has been reduced from 12% to 7% for three months as a one-time amnesty measure. The government claims this will benefit more than 2,400 poor people.