After many flip-flops in the past 20 days, the much-awaited draw of lots for Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) housing scheme 2014 was finally held on Tuesday.
For the unsuccessful aspirants, there is still a small ray of hope.
Apart from the 25,034 applicants who got lucky, the housing agency also carried out a draw to create a ‘waiting list’ of applicants. Full results HERE
The number of applicants in the waiting list would be around 1,250 -- 5% of the total number of flats on offer. The wait list is yet to be announced.
“The wait list is drawn up along with the list of successful applicants and is checked by independent observers. It will be announced shortly,” said a senior DDA official.
The list will remain valid for the next 15 months from the issue of demand letters to successful applicants and those on the wait list can get a flat if someone decides to surrender theirs. Also, the wait list candidates will get their registration money back along with other unsuccessful applicants within three months.
A separate draw would be held after one year from the date of issue of demand letters for allotment of the surrendered flats to the wait listed registrants as per the order of priority. The wait list is created just to ensure that the surrendered flats are allotted to same registrants rather than keeping them vacant till the next housing scheme.
Ecstasy and dejection mark DDA draw
“The draw of lots was wrapped up in record time of 40 days despite receiving over 10 lakh applications, the highest ever. The number of flats on offer was also the highest ever,” said DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar. “Also, for the first time we webcast the whole process live,” he said.
Kumar said the payment, allotment and possession of flats would be done online completely. “Allottees would have to come to DDA office to show important documents only. Each allottee shall be provided with an ID and password through which he will be able to track the status (of the allotment process). Allottees will also be notified through SMS and email alerts,” he said.
The scheme was launched on September 1 and continued till October 15, after an extension. The draw of lots was initially scheduled to be held on November 5 but due to the immense volume of data involved, the draw date had to be repeatedly postponed.
The DDA headquarters, Vikas Sadan, where the draw was held, saw chaos in the afternoon as applicants who had gathered there started protesting the closed door draw, even when it was webcast live.
The computerised draw of lots began at 12.15 pm and was completed by 2 pm. The results were uploaded on the DDA website within one-and-a-half hours.
Meeta Sharma (62), whose late husband had first applied for a DDA housing scheme in 1986 but didn’t get a flat. “We have applied in all the housing schemes ever since but never got lucky. All I want is a roof over my head in Delhi but it seems the almighty doesn’t want it,” she said, looking listlessly towards the sky.