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New flats for Jharia displaced

Residents of underground fire affected areas of Dhanbad will soon have access to 900 newer, and bigger, flats by the end of the year at Belgarhia near the existing Jharia Vihar Colony.

The construction work of 912 residential flats, for the rehabilitation of fire-affected residents, on additional 45 acre land is reaching completion.

The new flats, coming up in 57 building blocks of 16 flats each, will be bigger then the existing ones at Jharia Vihar Colony.

They are being developed by Hyderabad-based Indu Projects Ltd and will be of 38sq metre unlike the 2,352 single bedroom flats of Jharia Vihar Colony which have a floor area of 27 sq metre.

The new flats will have two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and a balcony, said chief manager of JRDA Sunil Dalela. “The framework of the flats is already complete. Now, finishing work, like plastering, is on. We are expecting the new flats to be ready by December,” he added.

The 912 new flats are part of a Rs 70-crore project to develop 2,000 flats on a 45-acre plot in Belgarhia near the Jharia Vihar Colony.

Indu Projects was provided with 45 acre land divided into into patches of 7.54 acre and 37.46 acre. Of these, construction is on at the 7.54 acre patch called zone-A after successful negotiations with villagers over compensations gripes. Construction work on the 37.4 acre plot, or zone-B, where the remaining 1,088 quarters will come up, is yet to begin, delayed due to compensation claims of villagers.

“Due to the rains we could not proceed further. But, work will begin soon at zone-B,” Dalela said, adding they were planning to built amenities like school, hospital and market.