Monday, February 15, 2010

Games flats may be sold in new scheme

Around 3,500 flats being built in Vasant Kunj and Jasola for the Commonwealth Games are close to completion and will be in the market later this year. These flats, earmarked for the Games, will yield more than 5,000 rooms for accommodation of sports delegates and officials. Furnished by ITDC, the flats come with modern fittings and facilities. DDA officials, however, said the agency hadn’t decided if the flats would thereafter be sold with the renovated fittings.

According to DDA officials, more than 15,000 flats are going to be ready this year and could well be the biggest housing scheme to come from the DDA if the flats are all put in the market in toto. However, officials admitted that chances of that happening were small, as the 3,500 flats that are coming up in Vasant Kunj and Jasola would only be available after the Games. ‘‘The flats may be sold as part of a separate scheme, as these would be available much later whereas the DDA is hoping to launch a housing scheme earlier than that,’’ said a DDA official.

The agency also has plans to build 42,000 flats over the next four years. For this year though, it plans to complete 15,000 flats, with 5,000 to be commissioned and built by March.