“Don’t worry if you don’t get a DDA flat, we can offer you nice houses at affordable rates,” said Amit Kumar, as he circulated his visiting card among perplexed applicants who had come for the draw of lots for Delhi Development Authority’s housing scheme.
Apart from the hundreds of hopeful applicants who had gathered outside the Noida Sector-62 office of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), where the draw was held, there were property dealers, their agents and bank executives looking for prospective customers. They braved the scalding sun, curt policemen and apathetic officials. A tight security cordon was thrown outside the C-DAC office as a large team of policemen fiercely guarded the building; traffic was diverted and fire tenders were positioned for any eventuality.
“Where else can you find hundreds of potential clients gathered at one place and in no hurry to go anywhere?” said Kapil (name changed on request), a property dealer. “There is not going to be another DDA housing scheme for a few years and those who didn’t make it this time, can be interested in what we have to offer.”
For those lucky few who might make it to the list of successful applicants, there were executives offering easy home loans. “We provide all kind of home finance solutions and can get you a loan from a public sector or private bank,” said a sales executive as he frantically thrust visiting cards in every hand.
It was a lucky day for Mukesh too, who sells snacks nearby. “I hope DDA holds such draws here more often. I have never had such high sales,” he said.