To Make Delhi 'World Class', DDA Presents Over Rs 8,000-Cr Budget
In a bid to make the national capital a world-class city, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), on April 11, presented a Rs 8,032-crore Budget outlay for 2018-19, 67 per cent higher than the previous year. However, the authority has failed to address the issue of the miserable state of the Yamuna River. The previous year’s Budget estimated were revised at Rs 5,295 crore.
In the Budget, presented in a meeting chaired by DDA Chairperson and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the authority plans to undertake key activities that will help in "transforming Delhi into a world-class city".
As a part of its Budgetary allocation, the DDA has planned to spend Rs 3,633 crore on housing and commercial space development, Rs 2,348 crore for development of land and Rs 1,286 crore for establishment and miscellaneous expenditure and Rs 765 crore for acquisition of land and compensation.
Here are the key highlights of the DDA Budget:
*The DDA approved 15 new development schemes and 14 housing-related development projects.
*Three pilot projects on in-situ rehabilitation to come up in Kalkaji, Jailorwala Bagh and Kathputli Colony, offering over 7,000 flats to the Economically-Weaker Section (EWS) category.
*The DDA will announce new housing scheme offering 21,000 flats in June. No old units will be put on sale.
*Around 574 one-bedroom flats in Sector 34 Rohini and 220 flats in Siraspur will be allotted to Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.
*Five socio-cultural centres to be constructed in Rohini, Dwarka, CBD Shahdara, Mayur Place and Netaji Subhash Place.
*Request for proposal has been floated for developing 677 hectare of vacant land parcels in Dwarka, Rohini, Narela. A rail-over-bridge will be constructed by the DDA in Narela.
*An agency will be appointed for the rejuvenation and restoration of the River Yamuna. No detailed plan has been formed yet, according to media reports.
*Around 62-acre land would be developed surrounding Sultangarhi Tomb Conservation Complex.
In order to promote ease of doing business, the DDA announced a slew of measures:
*The authority has announced that it will simplify the application process for the apportionment of the floor-area ratio (FAR) with minimum human intervention.
*The authority has also approved modifications in the Unified Building Bye-Laws, 2016, such as simplification of forms and omission of bond or affidavit to allow smooth operations in the building permit procedure. Also, self-declaration will now be acceptable instead of notary attested copies.