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Construction : Web Exclusive | February 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Urban dept mulls loan for RWAs to carry out surveys

The urban development department of Delhi government is awaiting the nod of the finance department to issue interest-free loans to residents' welfare associations (RWAs) for carrying out layout plans.

The urban department proposed to issue such loans after several RWAs complained to the government that they did not have funds to pay civic bodies or institutes for layout plans.

It may be noted that conducting survey and preparing layout plans in each of the 900 unauthorised colonies is essential before development works can be carried out in these colonies. The state government is in the process of regularising these unauthorised colonies where close to 40 lakh voters reside.

The urban department recommended a revolving fund of Rs 10 crore to Rs 15 crore, which RWAs can use when they require.

After civic bodies said they do not have enough architects to prepare the plans, the government roped in institutes such as Jamia Millia Islamia, School of Planning and Architecture and IP University to prepare layout plans.

Government estimates show that it would cost the RWAs between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh to prepare a layout plan. The municipal corporations and institutes have reportedly completed layout plans for some colonies, but the process had remained stalled because of the lack of funds from the Delhi government.

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