Heads are soon going to roll at the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for the sale of incomplete and inhabitable flats in Mukherjee Nagar to allottees.
The housing authority had initiated an inquiry after a report in Hindustan Times a fortnight ago. The agency is now going to take action against officials and contractors responsible for the lapse.
DDA had allotted 336 flats, which cost up to Rs 88 lakh, in a multi-storey housing complex in Mukherjee Nagar as part of its 2010 housing scheme. Though the allottees paid the full amount and were given possession in June this year, work in the flats is still going on and they are far from ready.
"We regret the inconvenience and are worried about those who have paid the money but the flats are not ready," said DDA's new vice chairman Sanjay Srivastava.
"We will find out who is responsible for this and are looking into both the administrative and contractor's part. We will take appropriate action," he said.
Srivastava admitted that it's the DDA's fault that allottees were asked for full payment and were given possession even when the flats are not ready. "We will review the shortcomings and corrective measures would be taken as early as possible. The hurry to do the work and the pressure sometimes results in such follies," he said.
After Hindustan Times reported the issue, DDA's housing department, responsible for allotting flats, had asked the agency's engineering wing to submit a status report of the 336 flats along with latest site pictures.
"Action could be taken against the contractor and also officials in the engineering wing who issued the completion certificates," said a senior DDA official.
Though DDA has given possession of flats to allottees, the complex is full of ditches and dug-up soil. Painting work of the flats is not finished, staircases are broken and elevators of the 10-storey apartments are yet to be installed. There is no water and power connection either.
"I'm paying a huge EMI on the bank loan I have taken and also the rent for the house where I live," said an allottee, on condition of anonymity.
"Now that the DDA has admitted its fault, it should give us interest on the money we have paid till the flats are completely ready."