8 years and counting, policemen cannot move into 877 flats.
When it comes to housing, Delhi Police personnel seem to be an unhappy lot. According to the Land and Building department of the Delhi Police, the overall housing satisfaction level of Delhi Police personnel is just 18.6 per cent — that among lower-rung officers is 10.65 per cent. The department says there is just one flat available for every 100-odd constable-rank personnel. This, when 877 flats in Rohini Sector 26, bought by the Delhi Police from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in 2005 are lying vacant, eight years after purchase.
According to sources, 877 two-bedroom flats were bought by Delhi Police for Rs 36 crore in 2005. But no one has taken possession till now. The reason: DDA has still not provided drinking water and sewage system — two basic necessities — in these flats.
Sources said the DDA had promised that they would provide the facilities by 2009 and personnel would be able to take possession thereafter, but nothing has been done yet, despite several reminders and requests from the police.
“The flats are lying vacant because they do not even have basic facilities. The flats can accommodate nearly 900 families. One one hand, we crib about housing satisfaction levels being very low, especially among subordinate personnel, and, on the other hand, government assets are going to waste,” a senior police officer said.
“The sewage disposal system is not connected to drains. Also, drinking water from DJB is not available. Hence, personnel are not willing to take allotment of these flats. If these problems are fixed, these 877 quarters could be occupied,” the officer said.
At the time of purchase, these flats were one room tenements. But police asked the DDA to combine two tenements and convert them into two-bedroom flats. These flats were used in 2010 to accommodate personnel who came from outside Delhi for the Commonwealth Games. Then, the DDA had provided water tankers and sewage disposal was done through sewage sucking machines. No permanent system to fix the problem was put in place even then, the officer said.
The DDA, however, passed the buck to Delhi Jal Board. A DDA official said, “We have told Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to provide drinking water facility to these flats, but they keep pushing the date. As for the sewage system, we have laid the internal pipes, but we do have the land for disposing the waste. We require a main outlet to dump the waste. We are looking into the matter.” he said.
“We supply water through tankers and sewage disposal is done through sucking machines whenever required,” he said.
“From Rohini Sector 19 onwards, we have not taken over from DDA. So water and waste water management is still their responsibility. We only supply water in bulk, which is to be managed by DDA,” DJB CEO Debashree Mukherjee said.