In the 2010 housing scheme of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Pankaj Gupta (name changed) had landed a three-bedroom house in north Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar. Considering the Rs 88-lakh flat was ensconced in a gated multi-storey housing society with a full power back-up and water reservoir and was near a Metro station, Gupta was a lucky man.
To reach the flat, one has to first manoeuvre ditches and mounds of soil and then climb up 10 floors as the elevators are missing. At the flat’s gate, one has to jump over a two feet wide gap, a fall through which can be fatal. These ‘complete’ flats are far from habitable. There are no water or power connections as work on the water tank and electric supply station is still on.
“My 72-year-old father can’t climb so many stairs and I’m afraid my six- and three-year-old sons might meet with an accident. I don’t earn enough to pay the Rs 58,000 EMI for the bank loan and a rent of Rs 30,000 every month,” said Gupta.
DDA had launched the housing scheme in November 2010 and offered 16,000 flats across Delhi. Work on a large number of these flats, in areas such as Vasant Kunj D-6, Dwarka 18-B, Rohini Sector 29, Jasola, Mukherjee Nagar, Jasola and Kalyan Vihar is still on.
“I was ecstatic when I bagged a flat in Vasant Kunj D-6. But now I don’t know when I will get the flat,” said another allottee.
Work is going on in those flats, which were supposed to house foreign technicians for the CWG. When HT visited the site, it appeared that the completion is still four to six months away. “It will take some time for 700 flats in Vasant Kunj and Dwarka to be ready,” said DDA spokeswoman Neemo Dhar.
Apart from these 700 flats, at least 1,000 flats in many areas are yet not ready though DDA claims they are ready to move in. “Though my flat is ready and I have taken possession, DDA has not provided water or power connection,” said an allottee of Rohini sector 29.
“DDA has provided main water and power lines but allottees would have to get connections themselves,” Dhar.