New Delhi: Despite the tall claims made by the state government of making Delhi a world class city by giving a facelift to the slums of the city, more than 10,000 flats meant for the slum dwellers are yet to be allotted to them.

 In a survey it has been found that the government has managed to identify only 1300 families entitled for possession of the flats in 33 slum colonies. The condition is such that 60 percent of the slum population is not eligible for the flats meant for their dwelling. This therefore defeats the purpose behind the government’s ambitious project.

Earlier, it was decided that the flats would be allotted till the Commonwealth Games, but after a high level meeting the deadline was fixed for 2014. However, Industries Minister Ramakant Goswami on Friday said that government has set a target of 2016 to make Delhi a slum-free city.

Besides, the Delhi government has also said that in coming years 74, 000 more houses will be made for the poor.

While eyeing the MCD polls slated for March, Delhi Government on Friday finally began the allotment of the flats to industrial workers in the city.

Admitting that construction of low cost flats under the scheme announced nearly four years ago got delayed due to various constraints, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Delhi government was working very hard to provide roof to the industrial workers as well as to economically weaker section.

"It was our dream to give you a roof and today we have made a significant step forward in realising the dream. This is just the beginning. There is a major challenge ahead of us and we will do our best to take on the challenge," she said.

(JPN/ Bureau)