Delhi cold to DDA’s latest housing scheme

  • Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 01:57 IST

Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) latest housing scheme has failed to enthuse Delhiites the way its previous schemes used to. And the figures tell the story.

With 25,034 flats on offer, this housing scheme was the agency’s biggest to date and it had expected to get around 20 lakh applications.

Despite the tremendous response the DDA got initially, the number of applications dried up by the time the scheme was about to close. The number could reach only 8.5 lakh, that too after the scheme was extended by five days.

The figures available with the DDA show that there has been a discernible decrease in the number of Delhi residents applying for a flat.

Among the 7.5 lakh applications the agency had received for its 2010 housing scheme, almost 75 per cent applicants were Delhi residents. In the latest scheme, for which data was uploaded till Friday, the number of Delhi residents has come down to 65 per cent.

“Of the applications that have been uploaded on our website till now, 65 per cent people have provided us a Delhi address. The percentage of Delhiiites applying for the scheme is definitely lower than the previous schemes,” VS Tomar, Director (systems), DDA, told Hindustan Times.

“We are yet to upload the details from another one lakh applications. We believe most of these people will mostly be Delhiites because applications of those
financing the registration amount from banks come later,” he said.

The DDA data also reveals that among those who have opted for a two-bedroom flat, the flats in Mukherjee Nagar multi-storey residential complex are the most sought after. Priced at around Rs 70 lakh, the number of the flats available in this scheme are 112.

Among the one-bedroom flats, which constitute nearly 95% of all flats on offer, the most popular are the ones in Dwarka Sector 23B. The number of these flats is 2,360 and the price ranges from Rs 17.76 lakh to Rs 18.06 lakh.

“Of all the applications, the data from about one lakh remains to be uploaded on the website. Except two, most of the empanelled banks have sent us all the data they had,” Tomar said.

DDA has postponed the housing scheme’s draw of lots from November 5 to November 10 but with the pace with which application data is being uploaded, the agency may find it hard to beat the new deadline too.

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