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.
With 10,08,985 applications for 25,040 flats in the scheme, the process began early in the day with DDA officials, along with officials of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) randomising the application and flat numbers for feeding in the application.
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. The draw was held under the supervision of three independent judges — High Court judge Manju Goel, National Informatics Centre director general Mahesh Chandra and IIT-Delhi professor Anshul Kumar.
Before the computerized draw could begin, two seed numbers - 0355299 for applicants and 03695 for flats - were selected manually by the judges and few media persons. These numbers were then fed as reference into the fully computerised and automated system.
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.
After the results were declared, there were scenes of both ecstasy and dejection as applicants found if they had got lucky in the scheme or not.
“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.