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DDA delays mailing verification letters

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has done it again. The process of disbursing verification letters to successful applicants of its 2010 housing scheme had got delayed by more than a month. Now the next phase of sending demand letters seems to be following the same path.

delhi Updated: Aug 30, 2011 23:03 IST
Sidhartha Roy

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has done it again. The process of disbursing verification letters to successful applicants of its 2010 housing scheme had got delayed by more than a month. Now the next phase of sending demand letters seems to be following the same path.

The land development agency, which had held the draw of lots for the nearly 16,000 flats on offer on April 18, had said that the dispatch of demand letters to allottees would begin by the first week of August. The month has come to an end but large numbers of allottees are yet to receive the letter.

The first phase of the allotment — sending verification letters to applicants — was delayed by more than a month and some people didn’t get the letters even then. The applicants were supposed to submit documents with DDA by June 15, after receiving their verification letters. With many applicants not receiving the letter, the deadline was shifted first to June 30 and then to July 15.

Now, allottees who have completed all verification formalities, are facing a similar ordeal waiting for their demand letters. “The whole process is badly mismanaged by DDA and getting my dream home has become a nightmare,” said Sunil Thapar (name changed on request), who has been allotted a flat in Rohini.

“Earlier, I had to patiently wait for the verification letter that never came and I had to visit the DDA office. It seems I have to again make rounds of the DDA headquarters to receive the demand letter too,” he said.

“The allotment-cum-demand letters are being sent to allottees and if anyone doesn’t receive the letter by September 15, they can come directly to our office,” said a DDA spokesperson.

After they get the demand letter, allottees have 90 days time to pay the whole amount of the flat. Allottees can also pay the amount within 180 days, however, they would have to pay an interest amount. After 180 days, DDA would cancel the allotment of those who fail to pay. The process of taking possession of the flat would take two months after the payment