NEW DELHI: Conveyance deeds or authorisation slips have been issued to 1,533 applicants under the PM-Unauthorised Colony in Delhi Awas Adhikar Yojna (PMUDAY), the DDA said on Tuesday. The scheme was launched October 29, 2019 to confer ownership rights to residents of 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi.
“Till September 18 the year 3,18,946 people have registered for the scheme and conveyance deeds or authorisation slips have been issued to 1,533 applicants,” the DDA said in a statement.
The Delhi Development Authority said it has organised several awareness camps and meetings with RWAs in various parts of Delhi for residents of unauthorised colonies to help them in getting ownership rights.
The awareness camps were organised at Hardev Nagar Burari (Laxmi Nagar), Roshanpura (Dwarka), Valmiki Colony (Dhamsa) & Dabur Enclave Jafarpura (Dwarka), Mahila Park Patel Nagar (Dwarka), Ramgarh Jagirpur (Pitampura), Madhur Vihar (Laxmi Nagar), among other places, it said.
Such camps and meetings with RWAs are expected to be conducted by each of the processing centers under PM-UDAY Cell every week, the DDA said.
To help the residents of unauthorised colonies, the DDA has taken a slew of measures.
The DDA has tied up with Common Service Centre (CSC) e-Governance Services India Limited, a special purpose vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics & IT managing the CSC scheme, for carrying out online registration of citizens under the PM-UDAY scheme as well as filing of applications for conferment of right in unauthorized colonies, it said.
Approximately 1,375 CSCs have been engaged to facilitate the residents.
In addition, 28 help desks under PM-UDAY Cell, are currently operational to facilitate and render all necessary assistance for conferment of ownership rights, the urban body said.
Besides, five processing centers (Pitampura, Dwarka, Hauz Khas, Laxmi Nagar and Rohini) are actively functioning for back-end processing of the applications on PM-UDAY portal and issuing conveyance deeds or authorisation slips against mature cases, it added.
NEW DELHI: Seeking to engage the public and stakeholder groups in the formulation of the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2041, a meeting was held on Thursday between DDA officials and several residents and representatives of resident welfare associations (RWAs) of plotted housing colonies.
The day-long public consultation with residents and RWAs of plotted housing colonies of Delhi was held on WebEx online platform, in three batches, from 11 AM onwards. Around 120 people and RWAs had registered through emails and the meeting was also attended by senior officers from DDA and NIUA, a senior DDA official said.
The meeting was chaired by Leenu Sahgal, Commissioner (Planning), and H K Bharti, Additional Commissioner (Planning) in the DDA.
“Participants were requested to share their suggestions towards improving built environment and civic facilities and other planning concerns pertaining to these colonies such as connectivity and linkages with public transport,” the DDA said in statement.
The main concerns highlighted by participants were about disconnected sewerage and road network, encroachment in unused land parcels, air pollution and parking management, it said.
A common concern expressed by most participants was regarding conflicts between commercial and residential uses and issues arising from mixed land use, the urban body said.
NEW DELHI: Over 29,000 ready-to-move flats constructed for the urban poor under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission in Delhi have lain vacant for a long time. One of the main reasons behind these flats not being allotted yet is the lack of coordination among the multiple agencies involved.
After the Supreme Court recently ordered the demolition of 48,000 slum houses built on encroached railway land, Delhi government wants to prevent displacement and has asked officials to formulate plans to shift the affected people to these flats.
The AAP government started a survey last year to identify slum inhabitants who were to be shifted, but the partnering surveyors, Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, parted ways after a partial assessment of slum clusters.
With DDA having identified 23 slum clusters for in situ redevelopment even as its first two projects at Kathputli Colony and Kalkaji are yet to be completed, by 2021 yearend, Delhi will have 45,000 flats, of which 16,600 are under construction, for allocation to slum residents. Over 20 lakh people live in 675 slum clusters in Delhi, a majority of them located on DDA and Northern Railway land.
A Delhi government official claimed that one reason why no one has been shifted is the reluctance of land-owning agencies to pay Delhi government for the relocation. Under the Delhi Slum & JJ Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy, notified in 2015, a land-owning agency has to pay Rs 7.5-11.3 lakh per flat to DUSIB in advance to meet the cost of construction, land and process of relocating residents of slums. The land-owning agencies benefit by having their plots freed of encroachment. Of the slum clusters, 499, peopled by 1.7 lakh citizens, are located, ironically, on land belonging to DDA. Established in 1957 to promote a balanced development of the capital, the population of which saw a huge spike after 1947, DDA first formulated a Master Plan for Delhi in 1962. As it now prepares a Master Plan visioned for 2041, half the city’s population lives in informal settlements like slums and unauthorised colonies.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi carried out the first slum clearance in 1956, intending to free the encroached land for community facilities. The slum dwellers were to be provided flats on licence fee in rehabilitation colonies. The sluggishness of such projects is reflected in DDA’s unfinished, decade-old, in situ slum redevelopment projects at Kathputli Colony and at Kalkaji.
To that DDA has added 23 slum clearances. “Work has begun at six projects with more than 30 clusters. The tendering process is going to start very soon,” a DDA official disclosed. “The in situ slum redevelopment and rehabilitation project of tenable slums situated on DDA land is being done to eventually make Delhi slum-free and achieve the mission of housing for all by 2022.”
On its part, DUSIB has shifted families from various slums erected on land owned by NHAI, PWD and other agencies to 2,157 flats constructed under JNNURM. A DUSIB official revealed that the relocation was made after the land owners made payments as prescribed in the rehabilitation policy. At present, slum dwellers pay 1.12 lakh for a flat plus Rs 30,000 as maintenance fee for five years. Many find it beyond them to pay this amount and get trapped by local money lenders.
Between 2007 and 20013, the then UPA government sanctioned 16 housing projects for the slum dwellers. “The Centre provided Rs 1,120 crore to build 55,424 flats with a matching sum to be contributed by Delhi government,” said former Union minister Ajay Maken.
NEW DELHI: One of the key focus areas of the upcoming Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2041 will be the ‘regeneration’ of the capital, in more ways than one. Residential areas that came up half-a-century ago, apart from old commercial complexes, would see redevelopment as part of the plan.
Delhi Development Authority is preparing the MPD 2041, which will be a vision document for the city, in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). DDA has recently started a massive public outreach through online meetings, as the authority wants the future growth of the city to be more ‘organic’ and based on ground realities.
“There are some colonies where homes built 40 to 60 years ago had single-floor houses and where Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is available. When the colonies were made, the FAR was 1.33 but is 2 now and if those in old houses decide, we will provide support,” DDA’s vice-chairman Anurag Jain told TOI, adding that the concept of regeneration would be applicable to many other areas, including redeveloping commercial complexes like Nehru Place and Bhikaji Cama Place, on which DDA is already working.
“Earlier, it was said if your home is in the middle of a market you can’t have peaceful sleep but now you have access to new ways of living. You don’t need to earmark separate plots for these and on the same plot, there can be a vertical mix. You can have offices on lower floors and residential area in the top floor,” Jain said. “Mixed land use will help in improving walkability but it has to be done following all norms and guidelines,” he added.
The concept Walkability, in fact, is another important focus area of the upcoming MPD, Jain said. “If you can walk to work, to the Delhi Metro station or other facilities, your dependence on other modes of transport will go down. The concepts of Transit Oriented Development and mixed land use are part of the overall focus on improving walkability.”
“Safe walking, which includes the concept of ‘eyes on the street,’ will be built in. For instance, shops on ground floor will face streets so that their lighting further lightens up the streets,” he said.
“We are also thinking of a Blue Green policy. If filtered and treated water flow instead of sewage and we create a green strip around it, it will add to the value of the property there,” Jain said.
The policy aims at treating drain water and storm water and then improving the area along these drains as green areas.
“We are pushing for some major new changes in the MPD and the provisions will come up very clearly in the MPD 2041. However, if we can start some things, we will implement them by amending the MPD 2021. Why should we wait for MPD 2041 to come officially?” he added.