Three days after Hindustan Times reported that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had allotted nearly uninhabitable flats in Mukherjee Nagar, the land development agency has been jolted from its somnolence.
The agency's housing department, which is responsible for allotting flats, has asked the engineering wing to immediately submit a status report of the 336 flats in the multi-storey housing complex, along with latest pictures of the site.
The flats, all of which are three-bedroom and cost up to Rs. 88 lakh, were allotted as part of the 2010 housing scheme.The flats were under construction in 2010 when the housing scheme was launched but most of the flats were handed over to the allottees in July.
Though the allottees had to pay the whole amount and were given possession in June this year, work on the flats is still on and they are far from being liveable.
"The structure is ready and only some more work remains to be done. We have asked the engineering wing to provide a latest report with pictures to find out exactly how much works is still to be done," said a senior DDA official.
"I have taken a huge loan from a bank, apart from borrowing from friends and family members to buy this flat. I have already paid two EMIs of Rs. 58,000 to the bank and I have to also shell out Rs. 30,000 for my rented flat every month," an allottee told HT, on the condition of anonymity.
"Why was the DDA in a hurry to give possession of the flats if they were not ready? I have already waited for more than a year since the draw of lots and and could have waited for a few months more instead of paying such a huge interest," he said.
Though the DDA claimed that the flats are ready to move in, the whole complex is full of ditches and dug-up soil. The flats are still getting painted, staircases are broken and elevators of the 10-storey-high apartments yet to be installed.
There is no water and power connection either with work on a water tank and electric supply station still on.