Hordes of expectant applicants gathered outside the Vikas Sadan headquarters of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Tuesday, hoping their names would be among the list of successful owners of DDA flats. View list
Security personnel had a tough time managing the crowd. The presence of media from over a dozen television channels only added to the chaos.
Four months after its Housing Scheme 2008 was launched, the DDA conducted the draw of lots for 5,238 flats on Tuesday.
Sunil Kumar Sharma, 32, was among the lucky ones. Working in a private telecom company and living in a rented accommodation in Palam, Sharma had dreamt of owning his own house in the city for over a decade.
“In this time of recession, this scheme was my only hope of owning a flat in the Capital. Because it’s a government agency, not only will the flats have a legal tag but they are also 40 per cent cheaper than the prevailing market rates. In my salary it was next to impossible for me to afford a builder flat,” said an ecstatic Sharma.
While initially the DDA had put 5,010 flats on sale, the number was later increased to 5,238. “We added 228 more flats where construction was completed,” said DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar.
“We will give demand letter to all successful allottees by December 30. Also we will try to refund all applicants who did not got lucky by December 30,” Dhar added.
It was a full media circus, with the crowd jostling with each other to get themselves interviewed by television channels. Soon after DDA put the list of successful allottees, a person who called himself D.N. Tyagi claimed he got a flat in Dwarka.
As the media channels pushed and shoved to interview him, a few security guards broke the news that Tyagi was lying. “He made up the story to appear on television. He has a shop nearby and came in the afternoon to see the tamasha,” said a security guard.
DDA officials put up a screen in the reception hall at Vikas Sadan where the proceedings of the draw were aired live. “It was done to provide transparency and fairness in the results as in a single hall, it is impossible to accommodate such a huge crowd,” said Dhar.
The DDA uploaded the list of successful allottees on its website www.dda.org and urbanindia.nic.in within an hour after the draw was completed.
The DDA had launched the scheme on August 6. The scheme offered ready to move flats priced between Rs 7.95 lakh and Rs 11.90 lakh in areas like Rohini, Vasant Kunj, Dwarka, Paschim Vihar, Pitampura, Motia Khan, Dilshad Garden, Narela, Shalimar Bagh, Jhilmil, East of Loni Road, Nand Nagari, Peeragarhi, Sarai Khalil, Lok Nayak Puram, Bindapur and Zafrabad.