New Delhi: In the Kathputli colony case, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has constituted a three-member Appellate Authority to settle the claims of new applicants. It is headed by retired Additional District Sessions Judge CK Chaturvedi. The Authority has started working in the Development House. The other two members include Joint Secretary level retired officer Ranbir Singh and social worker composition Tiwari. This Authority will hear appeals on claims of 771 new applicants who have been canceled by the Eligibility Assessment Committee. This information was given by the Chief Secretary (Housing) JP Agarwal in a press conference held on Friday evening at the DDA headquarters. He was accompanied by Union Urban Development Minister’s Advisor Rajiv Jain and DDA Public Relations Commissioner D. Sarkar.
jp agarwal said the slum has illegally possesion on the 5.2 hectare land of DDA near Shadipur Depo from 40 years . It has been named the Kathputli colony. After the notification of Master Plan 2021, the process was started in September 2009 towards its reconstruction. After scrutiny of documents, 2641 residents were found eligible for EWS flats, which were developed in a better way of 30 sqm. Later, requests were made on request of several political parties, NGOs and some social organizations. During this time 2102 new applications were received. After considering these as per the prescribed guidelines, the number of people eligible for flats increased from 2641 to 3292. Out of these, 2800 people will be accommodated in Anand Parvat’s transit camp and two years later, the reclaimed Kathputli colony will be brought back to the colony. An additional 492 people will be rescued in Narela G7 and G8 blocks.
Agarwal said that 2300 people have been transferred. The process of moving the balance is in progress. A free transport service is also being given to this. Where these people are being temporarily rehabilitated, arrangements for medical, food and water have also been arranged by the DDA. The Appellate Authority will soon give a decision on the claims of 771 applicants, who are disqualifying DDA. Those applying the appellate authority, who will also be eligible, will be provided flats in the proposed 14-story building in Puppeti Colony. Although the Authority has received only 336 applications, the investigations are going on. He also said that people with some vested interests have illegally occupied DDP’s precious land in the puppet colony and have been looting people for not being transferred from there. Due to these, eligible people are also being deprived of DDA’s flat plan.