New Delhi: Those coming to Delhi in search of a livelihood and compelled to pay huge rents for a shelter in the capital have a reason to smile. The Delhi government will now provide them rented accommodation of five and ten beds per room at a justified price. The houses to be built at a cost of more than Rs 400 crore will be available for the industrial workers and other construction labourers living in the metro.

The government will charge rent from the contractors for the houses to be constructed by Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) under the Rajiv Awas Yojana of the Centre. The Government of Delhi has already allotted land to DSIIDC at Kanjhawala in north-eastern Delhi for the purpose. 

It is to be noted, only industrial and construction workers will be able to live in these houses who cannot afford expensive accommodation in colonies.

DSIIDC Chairman Chetan V Sanghi informed, “2100 rooms will be constructed on 14.32 acres for 10,500 people at a budget of Rs 201.20 crore. In the second phase, 952 rooms will be built on 18.79 acres for 9,520 people.”

The rooms of the houses will be 5 and 10 seater with a toilet and a kitchen. The premises will also boast of a health centre, community centre and a commercial centre.

Meanwhile, 50 percent of the total expenses of the project will be covered under Rajiv Awas Yojana while 25 percent will be funded by Welfare of Labour Department, 12.25 percent by the government of Delhi and 12.25 percent by DSIIDC.

According to the DSIIDC officials, the project is expected to get government’s approval by February.