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Incredible yet true: 3 of a family land a DDA flat each

The Delhi Development Authority’s housing draw is the biggest gamble of the Capital but a family from Himachal Pradesh had such a run of luck that three of its members landed a flat each.

delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2014 13:19 IST
HT Correspondent

The Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) housing draw is the biggest gamble of the Capital but a family from Himachal Pradesh had such a run of luck that three of its members landed a flat each.

The process through which DDA holds the draw of lots for allotting flats is completely computerized and rather long drawn. Despite all the measures taken to make the draw as random as possible, incredibly four consecutive application numbers have got a flat each out of which three are from the same family.

All of them have got one-bedroom flats, three in Narela and one in Siraspur.

The application numbers in question are 1145320, 1145321, 1145322 and 1145323, the last three of which belong to members of the same family. The DDA said there is no foul play in the draw.

The DDA spokesperson said all these applications came under the reserved category and while the odds for general category applicants was 1 to 40, for that of reserved category it was 1 to 6.

“The application numbers are fed to the computer and are randomized. A fresh randomized number is allotted to every application,” said the spokesperson. She said while the application numbers are consecutive, the randomized numbers fed in the system were 759776, 613457 and 507478, which are quite far apart.

“The chosen seed number by the judges is from the randomized lists and it is from the seed number onwards that the computer picks up the allotment numbers for allotting the flat,” she said.“As per the computerized draw even consecutive numbers can get flats and it all depends on their position in the randomized list from the seed number and also their preferences for locality and availability of flats in the particular locality,” she said. She said the allottees are in no way connected with DDA.