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Salman, a resident of Navjeevan Camp, holds a pamphlet announcing a scheme, whereby 8,000 slums located in Navjeevan Vihar, Jawahar Camp and Bhoomiheen Camp in Kalkaji Extension are expected to give way to multi-storeyed flats for residents in these areas.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit will be inaugurating this project, on Wednesday in which Salman along with a few others have been roped in “to play the dhol to attract the crowds’’.
Salman, said the brochures for this project had been distributed days in advance. The residents of the area, however, are sceptical about the project.
They claimed that such inaugurations are part of the “election promises which never materialise’’.
“Humne suna hain ki kal kuch function ho raha hain par aakhir mein kuch nahi hoga.’’ (I have heard that some function will take place on Wednesday but in the end nothing will happen,’’ Allaudin, a resident of Navkeevan Camp, who lives in a small shanty along with his 12 children, said.
Carrying on with his tailoring work under a tree, Allaudin said: “I came to Delhi in 1968 and have been living here since then. Not much has changed for me. All these inaugurations happen before every elections but nothing comes of them.’’
Zakhira Banu, another resident, also expresses similar views. “How does it matter what they claim? I will only believe it when I see it.’’
Sheila Dikshit is expected to lay the foundation stone for this in situ redevelopment plan for A-14 Kalkaji Extension in which three slums will be developed into multi-storeyed flats by Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
“DDA is going to take up this project on its own. The work will be taken up in three phases. There is an empty plot near the slum cluster which has been earmarked for a community centre. Work will begin there in Phase-I and residents of 3,000 slums will be shifted there. Once people shift into these flats, new flats will be constructed in the vacated area. The cost of the project will be borne by DDA,’’ an official said.
This project is expected to comprise of 15-16 storeyed buildings and will cost Rs 235 crore.