Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 3,024 freshly constructed EWS flats in Kalkaji, Delhi, for rehabilitating slum dwellers as part of the ‘In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation’ Project on Wednesday.
PM Modi then handed over keys to eligible Bhoomiheen Camp beneficiaries at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi.
Highlighting the welfare policies of the central government for the poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said today marked a historic day as several citizens staying in Jhuggi-Jhopdi clusters in Delhi will now have their own houses.
Addressing the gathering at the event, the Prime Minister said, “Today is a big day for thousands of slum dwellers. A new beginning to life. As I handed over the keys to eligible beneficiaries, I could see their happy and joyous faces.”
“In line with the vision of the Prime Minister to provide housing for all, in-situ slum rehabilitation in 376 Jhuggi Jhopri clusters is being undertaken by Delhi Development Authority (DDA). The objective of the rehabilitation project is to provide a better and healthy living environment to the residents of the Jhuggi Jhopri clusters, with proper amenities and facilities,” read an official statement by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Referring to the extension of Delhi Metro, PM Modi said, “When our government came in 2014, the metro used to run only on 190 km route in Delhi-NCR. Today, the expansion of the metro in Delhi-NCR has increased to about 400 km.”
With the aim to take development to the grassroots, Prime Minister said the central government ensured financial inclusion for all those who did not have access to bank accounts. He said the Centre has included all those belonging to the unbanked and uninsured section of society.
He further said, “There had been existing stark differences among the residents of this same place – Delhi. But now the country has marched into the Amrit Kaal, and the Mantra of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Prayas has been ensuring welfare for all.”
PM Modi said the poor used to face difficulties in getting ration due to the inconsistencies related to the ration card.
“We are ensuring ‘Ease of Living’ for the poor in Delhi through ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’. In the time of this global crisis, the central government has been giving free ration to lakhs of poor people in Delhi for the last two years,” he said.
Three such projects have been done by the Delhi Development Authority in Kalkaji Extension, Jailorwala Bagh, and Kathputli Colony.
In-situ Slum Rehabilitation of three slum clusters in Kalkaji, namely Bhoomiheen Camp, Navjeevan Camp, and Jawahar Camp, is being undertaken in stages under the Kalkaji Extension Project. Phase I included the construction of 3024 EWS apartments on a neighbouring vacant commercial centre site. The Jhuggi Jhopri site at Bhoomiheen Camp will be evacuated by relocating eligible Bhoomiheen Camp households to newly constructed EWS flats.
In Phase II, the abandoned Bhoomiheen Campsite will be used for the renovation of Navjeevan Camp and Jawahar Camp.