The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has announced that it will develop around 200 hectares of land in Dwarka. This land has been lying vacant, and hence, will increase the total developed area of Dwarka. This is in addition to DDA’s focus on large-scale development of residential and commercial hubs spread over Delhi.
In DDA’s 2019-2020 budget, finalized on 25th February, development in Dwarka is a very important project. In fact, the budget has already allocated Rs 3022 crore for the construction of residential and commercial infrastructure in Dwarka.
As told by one DDA official, Narela, Rohini and Dwarka will be the main sites for the development of large-scale residential projects. It is in accordance with DDA’s 2017 promise to the housing and urban affairs ministry to develop one lakh dwelling units in Delhi to fulfill the vision of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna by 2022.
A proof that this Dwarka scheme is going to get implemented soon is that DDA will shortly begin inviting request proposal from consultants. As one DDA official said, the consultants will be assigned the task of preparing an exhaustive plan for the provision of facilities in Dwarka that match international standards.
Apart from retrofitting the existing commercial complexes, DDA New Delhi Awas Yojna plans to undertake the development of more new residential and commercial complexes. As for retrofitting, DDA is planning to do this in Nehru Place, Bhikaji Cama, and Basant Lok markets. Retrofitting work has, in fact, already begun in Basant Lok.
Sale of flats, commercial establishments, and many other sources are also expected to add to DDA’s revenue. It is estimated to increase by at least 30%. One DDA official said that they will make revenue of Rs 5,477 crore from the sale of shops, flats, and land.
In addition to residential and commercial development, DDA also is paying great attention to improving connectivity in the city. For this, it is going to build flyovers and improve existing roads in urban extensions of Delhi.
At the same time, development of sports infrastructure and slum redevelopment projects are also on DDA’s priority list.