In the 2014 housing scheme of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), a big chunk of more than 25,000 flats on offer are one-bedroom flats. If a two-bedroom or three-bedroom flat is what you desire and feel your chances are slim, here is how the DDA’s draw of lots works.
While filling up the application form, the DDA will give you five options of choosing a flat of your choice in a location you prefer. Each category of the flat in every location is assigned a unique two-digit code. While filling the form, you would have to mention these codes in the five options you are provided.
It is basically a priority list of flats that you are given an option to draw. For instance, you can enter a three-bedroom flat in Mukherjee Nagar as your first choice, a two-bedroom flat in Dwarka as your second choice, a two-bedroom flat in Rohini as your third choice and so on.
You can also choose all two-bedroom houses in five different locations. Ideally, your options should have a mix of all flat categories, so you stand a better chance of getting a flat.
To conduct the draw of lots, the DDA feeds codes of all the flats in its inventory in a list in a computer. It also makes a separate list of all the eligible application numbers. The computer then randomises both the lists.
DDA also invites eminent citizens as judges who randomly choose three different ‘cut-off’ numbers, which divides both lists into five buckets each. Each of the five flat buckets have equal number of one, two and three-bedroom flats.
The computerised draw of lots then begins and one by one, application numbers are selected from the first bucket of the applications’ list.
For the first application number, the computer searches for the first flat of choice from the first bucket of the list of flats. If the first flat of choice is not present in the list, the second option is searched for and so on. If none of the five choices opted for in the application is present in the particular list of flats, the computer searches for a new application number.
The process goes on till all the 25,034 flats are allotted. DDA also draws an extra list of about 200 applicants for the wait list. In case of flat surrenders or cancelling of allotment, a draw is later held for the wait listed applicants.
“Unless they are particular about a category of flats, applicants should opt carefully and opt for flats across all areas and categories for brighter chances,” said a senior DDA official.