On the directions of the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) is undertaking a massive demand survey in the 675 slum clusters of Delhi for estimating the total demand for housing the poor.
This is a mandatory step towards the mammoth task of rehabilitation of slum clusters under the Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana (MMAY), formerly known as the Delhi Slum & Jhuggi Jhopri Rehabilitation & Relocation Policy, 2015.
The survey has already covered 1.25 lakh households in roughly 270 slum clusters, who will be issued survey certificates by the Delhi Government.
“Delhi government will issue survey certificates to each family living in Jhuggi Clusters, which will have the location, jhuggi number along with photograph of the family. This survey will help the government in estimating the demand for construction of houses for the poor in the coming years”, said the Urban Development Minister Mr Satyendar Jain.
The App-based digital survey captures information about households living in slum clusters along with photographs of their personal identification certificates like Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, electricity bill, etc. along with pictures of the family members.
This is to ascertain the number of years the family has been residing in the slum cluster and also define the number of persons in each household. This will help in preventing unfair claims later on during the allotment process.
The survey is being undertaken by an external agency under the supervision of DUSIB officials. The App-based survey stores all the information on an online database along with geo coordinates which can be accessed and verified online by the officials, thus minimizing cases of error and fraudulent data capture by surveyors.
Based on the eligibility criteria determined in the Policy, pucca flats will be allotted to the families residing in slum clusters. The primary focus of the Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana – 2015 is to rehabilitate the slum clusters on in-situ mode or within a radius of five kms of the existing slum so that there is a minimum interruption in the lives of people who are rehabilitated. Only under extreme circumstances especially when it is not possible to rehabilitate the slum cluster within a five km radius will the settlement be rehabilitated further away. The Delhi Government is also in the process of construction of 5500 new housing units for the economically weaker sections at prime locations in the city.
Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) is the Delhi Government’s department entrusted with looking after the slums of Delhi and work towards their rehabilitation. The Delhi Government notified the Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana in 2017, which focuses on rehabilitation of slum dwellers of Delhi and lays down the eligibility criteria, agencies responsible and process.