More Govt Accommodations For Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar Under Redevelopment Plan
In 2016, Sarojini Nagar was included in the list of seven General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colonies of Delhi for a redevelopment plan undertaken by the National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC India Limited) and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). The move focused on increasing the number of government accommodations in the national capital from 12,970 housing units to 25,667. The localities in focus also include Netaji Nagar and Nauroji Nagar to be rebuilt by NBCC.
The bustling shopping hub which sees huge footfall of shoppers round the year also houses many Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flats - most of which have become dilapidated over the years. Not only will the project augment the housing stock for the government employees, it will completely transform the face of one of the oldest localities of Delhi with new state-of-the-art buildings.
MakaanIQ brings you details about the Sarojini Nagar redevelopment plan:
- The project involves reconstruction, renovation and new constructions in the colonies at a total cost of Rs 32,835 crores, including maintenance and operation costs for 30 years. Undertaken in a phased manner, it will be completed in five years.
- New housing units of Type II to VI with Built-Up Area of approx. 29.18 lakh sq mt will replace existing units of Type I to IV with Built-Up Area of approx 7.49 lakh sq mt. Supporting social infrastructure facilities will be developed.
- NBCC, a Navratna company, is the implementing agency for the redevelopment plan. The company is developing social infrastructure of 2.16 lakh sq mt as well as 5.09 lakh sq mt of commercial space and 10,655 housing units.
- The total estimated cost is Rs 10,601 crore for redevelopment of residential units and Rs 4,911 crore for the redevelopment of commercial units.
- The funding model for the project includes sale of commercial land through e-auction and construction of surplus shops as a part of social infrastructure. Additionally, 10 per cent of the built-up area of residential areas would be sold on freehold basis, if required.
- The plan is also aimed at optimum utilization of land resources as per Master Plan Delhi (MPD) - 2021. NBCC will develop buildings with advanced construction technology, adhering to green building norms and fire safety standards.
- Apart from the high-rise towers, the new townships will include social amenities for modern living entailing shopping centres, multi-level basement parking, banquet hall, crèche, schools, skill development centre, banks and ATMs, hospitals and public toilets.
- Sustainability will be a key feature with energy efficient buildings, in-house solid/ liquid waste management facilities and rainwater harvesting system.
- On behalf of MoUD, NBCC will enter into a sale agreement with buyers, the land-owning agency i.e. L&DO MoUD. Stamp Duty on registration of lease deed and other charges will be paid by the allottee.
Existing residents of Sarojini Nagar faced challenges as they were being provided temporary accommodations in far-flung localities like Timarpur and Dev Nagar. Owing to this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested MoUD to postpone the evacuation of residents till flats in neighbouring Kidwai Nagar were ready. The Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of Sarojini Nagar also demanded compensation of a minimum of Rs 30,000 for each flat.
The redevelopment plan, however, has been put on hold following the furore around felling of trees and intervention of the high court and NGT, followed by revocation of permission by the Delhi government for uprooting the trees. Since the formulation of the development plan will take considerable time, the Chief Minister has requested the Urban Development Minister, Hardeep S Puri, to withdraw eviction notices served to the residents.