After a delay of more than one and a half years, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has finally started handing over flats at Vasant Kunj D-6 to allottees.
Though many people have taken possession of flats and some have even moved in, they are still depending on temporary power and water supply provided by the DDA.
According to the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sources, the area might face acute water shortage once most of the flats are
The 2,709 furnished flats at Vasant Kunj were originally planned to house foreign technicians arriving in Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The flats were not ready on time and were then allotted as part of the 2010 housing scheme.
The construction work was delayed and the work resumed recently after Hindustan Times carried a series of reports on the unfinished flats in Vasant Kunj and other areas.
"We have handed over 805 flats and more than 200 allottees have taken possession. We are providing water to those who have moved in and 14 out of 18 power sub-stations at the complex have been energised," said a senior DDA official.
He said that Ganga block, where pace of work has been the slowest, would be ready by early November.
Senior DJB officials, however, said the complex would face water shortage. "Sector D-6 is not part of Vasant Kunj's original plan and the area would have to be provided water by cutting the share of other sectors," said an official.
"DDA should allot flats only after the basic infrastructure is in place," he said.
"They should have gone ahead with building the complex only after a complete assurance that amenities can be provided in a sustainable way," he said.
"They are repeating what has happened in Dwarka, where people still don't have adequate water supply."
DDA, however, is confident that Vasant Kunj D-6 would soon have proper water and power supply.
"At present, we are providing our own water to the complex through tankers and a temporary system has also been put into place for providing electricity," said a DDA spokesperson.