All slums to be open defecation free by March ’18: Kejriwal

DUSIB is going to build 582 flats in Sangam Vihar. The project will be completed in two years. Also, all slumdwellers will be shifted to flats built within 2­3 kms of their current location.

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterated on Thursday that the Delhi government will make all slum clusters in the capital open defecationfree by March next year, even as Delhi urban development minister Satyendar Jain promised to provide concrete houses to all slum dwellers by 2022.

“Soon after coming to power, I had enquired the officials about the time period for making all slum clusters in the city open defecation-free. The time period assessed varied from five to 10 years. However, I gave them a target of two to three years and promised that there won’t be any shortage of funds. All slum clusters will now become open defecation-free by March 2018,” Kejriwal said, after inaugurating a newly constructed community toilet complex at Madrasi Basti in Jangpura assembly.

The project to make slums open defecation-free is being undertaken by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). While 110 toilet seats were inaugurated at Madras Basti, a total of 810 toilets constructed by DUSIB across different locations, were inaugurated from the same event.

A total of 10,583 toilets have been constructed in the city since the AAP government came to power, Kejriwal said. The chief minister underlined that provision of toilets in the slums ARVIND KEJRIWAL, Delhi CM would be a big step in strengthening women safety, besides the government’s initiative to install CCTVs in city buses.

Kejriwal also promised the residents that no slum cluster, which came up till January 2015, will be allowed to be demolished till the time the residents are rehabilitated permanently.

“DUSIB is going to lay foundation stone of a project in Sangam Vihar to construct 582 flats in two months. The project will be completed in two years. Similarly, all jhuggi dwellers will be shifted to flats, which will be constructed within two to three kilometres of their current location,” he said.

Speaking at the event, Delhi urban development minister, Satyendar Jain, promised that the AAP government will fulfill the dream of the chief minister to provide pucca house to all slum dwellers in five years.

“All jhuggi dwellers will have pucca house by 2022,” Jain said.

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