Delhi: DDA draw now likely to be held on Nov 12

  • Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2014 15:07 IST

The fate of more than 10 lakh people — who have applied for the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) housing scheme 2014 — is likely to be decided on Wednesday, November 12.

Unlike previous years, residents this time can watch DDA’s draw of lots live on YouTube.

DDA’s housing scheme, with 25,034 flats on offer, was launched on September 1 and closed on October 15 after an extension. The draw of lots for the scheme was scheduled to be held on November 5 initially, but following delays in the processing of all the applications, it was postponed to November 10.

However, DDA officials are now sceptical of even being able to meet the new deadline.

“We will hold a trial run of the draw of lots on November 11 and if everything goes well, the draw will be held on November 12,” said DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar. “All the data of the applications have come to us only recently. We are waiting to see if any applications are left or if there are applications that came in after corrections,” he said.

The systems department of DDA will carry out a mock draw on November 11 to see if the software is working perfectly. “That way, we will ensure there are no technical snags at the time of the actual draw,” said a senior DDA official.

Since the number of applications is huge, DDA will be assisted by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) in carrying out the draw, which will be held at the development authority’s Vikas Sadan headquarters.

“We will hold the draw at Vikas Sadan and servers have already been brought here for the purpose,” Kumar said.

Although the housing scheme draw is a closed door affair, people will be able to watch the process live on YouTube as DDA has decided to webcast the draw this year.

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