The Union urban development ministry is going ahead with the proposal for redevelopment of six government colonies in the capital to multi-storey complexes. Built in the 1950s and 60s to house central government employees, Delhi has around 30 colonies for housing assorted ranks of government officials that occupy around 1,100 hectares of prime real estate. The redevelopment of these colonies could alleviate some of the acute space pressures being faced by the city, which already has 16.7 million people and has hundreds of new migrants entering it every day.
Sources said the ministry in its proposal seeking Cabinet nod has proposed to take up Netaji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Srinivaspuri, and Mohammedpur colonies in south Delhi.
The ministry officials said that after redevelopment these colonies would get at least 20,000 flats and all these would be between type-II and type-VII quarters - accommodating class-IV employees to secretaries. "The government has decided that even a class-IV employee should get two-room accommodation. So, in all new colonies or those to be redeveloped won't have Type-I (single room) flats," said a ministry official. Under the proposal, quarters of Type 5 ' to which deputy secretaries are entitled ' and above will have modular kitchens and electric chimneys. Flats below Type 5 will have built-in cupboards. The kitchens provided to central government staff now have only a cement counter and no shelves or cabinets. Moreover, these colonies will have enough open space and community facilities to meet locals requirements.
Sources said that while the first three colonies will be redeveloped by National Building Construction Company (NBCC) the other three projects will be executed by Central Public Works Department (CPWD). As per estimates, NBCC would invest about Rs 11,500 crore and the PSU will take up the task as self-financing projects. In the case of Netaji Nagar, the number of flats would increase by almost 300% times from existing 2,553 flats to 7,661 flats.
"The company will have the right to develop 10% of the land for commercial use as per Delhi Master Plan provisions. It can either sell the properties or lease them out for 30 years. But NBCC can give them to only PSUs," said a source. Although the government is likely to finance the redevelopment projects to be taken up by CPWD, in those cases the government body would be allowed to lease out commercial space for long period.
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