The Delhi government has decided to have Rs. 2,466 crore for housing and urban development in the city this fiscal.
Working on major projects such as building houses for the economically weaker sections, in-situ rehabilitation of slum dwellers and development of unauthorised colonies, the government has increased almost 38 per cent in its plan on compared to its previous Budget.
The AAP government made an announcement to include all existing unauthorised colonies in its redevelopment project.
“Till now development work was limited to 895 colonies, however now our government has extended development work to all unauthorised colonies,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during his Budget speech on Monday.
In view of Swachh Bharat Mission, the government has kept aside Rs. 100 crore for building public toilets in JJ clusters. The task will be carried out by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). Mr Sisodia said that 30 new toilets blocks have been built and 63 upgraded, thereby, adding more than 4,500 toilet seats in the Capital.
Another Rs. 100 crore has been granted to DUSIB for the government’s mega project to make Delhi “slum free” through in-situ development and rehabilitation of JJ clusters.
“In the first phase 20 JJ clusters will be rehabilitated,” said Mr Sisodia.
New cut-off date for being eligible under the “Delhi Slum & JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy” has also been proposed.
Slum dwellers will now come under the policy on or before January 1, 2015 instead of the previous date of June 4, 2009.