The delight of those who were allotted plots in Rohini last week after a wait of over three decades could be short-lived.
While the applicants had booked the plots in 1981 after depositing application money that ranged between Rs. 750 and Rs. 5,000, depending on the category, they would now have to pay nearly 100 times more to own the land.
On June 12, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) allotted plots to 24,529 applicants of the Rohini residential scheme 1981 after a High court order.
The DDA allotted a total of 4,402 plots under the economically weaker section category (EWS), 12,350 under the lower income group (LIG) and 7,777 under the middle income group (MIG) category in the draw held last week.
The plot sizes are 26 square metres for EWS, and vary between 32-48 square metre for LIG and 60-90 square metres for MIG plots.
Way back in 1981, the prices per square metre for MIG was R200, R125-150 for LIG and Rs. 100-200 for EWS plots.
Rahul Gupta, who has been leading the campaign for applicants said that since the DDA was responsible for delaying the allotment of these plots, it should charge the prices it had fixed in 1981.
"While the market prices in the area have gone up to R 60,000 per square metre, the land allotted by DDA to us is completely undeveloped and has no basic facilities. DDA also owns fully developed land in the vicinity, why can't it allot plots there?" he said.
"We have appealed to the high court that the plots should be given at the rate promised in 1981," he said.
Gupta said that the last time the DDA allotted some plots of the scheme in 2007, the prices ranged between R6,000 per square metre to R18,000 per square metre.
He claimed that the central government had promised in the Lok Sabha in 1983 that prices for the plots would not increase.
Sources in the DDA said that though the prices that would be charged would be much lower than the prevailing market rates, it would still be quite higher than the prices fixed in 2007.
"The prices would be charged as per the pre-determined rate for the year 2012-13," said a senior DDA official who didn't wish to be named.