The Census in 2001 had come out with the startling fact that Delhi had a net housing shortage of 1 lakh households/dwelling units. In every 24.5 lakh houses under the category of residential and residence-cum-other uses, 25.5 lakh households were residing. If recent trends are to be believed, this gap is only going to increase in the coming decade. By 2021, Delhi’s population will have increased from 130 lakh to 230 lakh. These figures potentially puts a lot of people in danger, as the current rate of development would not be able to satisfy the housing needs of the projected figure. However, according to Urban Development experts Certes Realty Ltd, 40% of the housing needs can potentially be satisfied by redevelopment/up-gradation of existing areas of Delhi.
They claim that increasing present urban limits in sub-cities of Rohini, Dwarka and Narela could be a solution to the problem. The rehabilitation of the remaining 60% will still have to be met through 14.4 lakh new housing units in new areas. On certesrealty.com, they claim that the challenge for the authorities is achievable, but stiff, and would require immediate planning and sourcing of resources.