Shelter for migrant workers

The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation will build temporary accommodation in Kanjhawala, north Delhi, to provide shelter to thousands of migrant workers in Delhi.

The five-bedded and ten-bedded dormitories will accommodate nearly 20,000 workers engaged in various projects in the city.

"Land for the purpose has already been allotted to DSIIDC for construction of housing for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The land is likely to be handed over to DSIIDC shortly," said Chetan Sanghi, chairman-cum-managing director, DSIIDC.

He said the dormitories will be constructed at a cost of Rs 36,205 crore and will cover an area of over 33 acres. It will be given on rental basis to construction firms for industrial workers, construction industry workers, other migrant workers who cannot afford shelter at open market rates. DSIIDC plans to develop social infrastructure for the workers. The project includes provision for vocational training and skill development.

It is proposed that 50 per cent of the cost will be covered under the assured central assistance of the Rajiv Awas Yojna accounting to Rs180 crore.

The Delhi Government and DSIIDC may bridge the gap by financing 12.5 per cent of the project.

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