Nearly 110,000 urban poor join queue for Delhi’s low-cost flats

August 11th, 2008 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) As many as 109,632 people have bought application forms in the hope to own one of the 10,000 low-cost houses the Delhi government is building for residents of slum clusters and the urban poor, officials said Monday. “109,632 forms have been sold during the first five days of the sale of application forms. The maximum sale of 28,086 forms was recorded on Aug 9,” said a Delhi government spokesperson.

Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit also said that the low-cost houses were in big demand.

“Scrutiny of forms would start soon after the last date (Sep 5) of submission of forms,” Dikshit said while expressing satisfaction at the response from the poor of the city.

Dikshit had on Aug 5 opened a sale counter at Regharpura at Karol Bagh for the sale of application forms for 10,000 houses that are ready for allotment at Bawana and Bapraula.

The flats have been provided all basic amenities including water, electricity, dispensary, playground, shopping centre for daily needs and public transport, the chief minister had said.

Two-room and one-room dwelling units would respectively cost Rs.200,000 and Rs.175,000 approximately, for which the union government would provide around Rs.60,000 under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The rest of the amount would be arranged as soft loan on easy instalment from banks, which would be repayable in 15 to 20 years.

The sale of forms from 54 centres across the capital would continue till Aug 14 and forms would be received between Aug 18 and Sep 5 at all centres.

The sale of forms has been increasing by the day. While 11,982 forms were sold Aug 5, 19,048 were sold Aug 6, and 25,587 were given out Aug 8.

“A maximum number of 19,251 forms have been sold in northwest district whereas the lowest number of 2,814 were sold in New Delhi district,” the spokesperson said.

The Delhi government plans to construct around 400,000 low-cost flats under the JNNURM within the next two-three years.

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