Even though private developer Emaar MGF has started demolishing the 17 contentious flats at the Games Village, buyers of the other flats will not get their houses quickly.
Emaar MGF had recently agreed to demolish 17 flats in the residential complex, which had become a bone of contention, so that the DDA hands over the flats that are part of the developer's share.
The DDA had withheld the completion certificate of the complex and is yet to hand over the flats to Emaar as it has found in an audit that the developer had exceeded the prescribed Floor Area Ratio (FAR).
Though Emaar is confident the DDA will handover the flats soon, sources in the land development agency said there is still lot of technical formalities to be taken care of.
"After the demolition, the developer has to submit a compliance report that the complex has been built according to the original building plan,” said a senior DDA official who didn't wish to be named. "After that we will assess the FAR again to check if it's within permissible limits."
"Apart from the issue of FAR and extra flats, leakage is still a problem along with some other minor issues," the official said.
The biggest sufferers of this impasse are the 400-odd buyers, who are firmly in the grip of red tape and are still to get their promised flats.
"I had taken a loan of Rs 1.8 crore loan to buy the flat and I am paying Rs 2 lakh every month as installment. And I don't know if I will get my flat in the next one year or not," said Dhiraj Mathur, vice president of CWG Allottees Welfare Association.
Mathur said that no one in DDA is willing to talk to the buyers, who bought the flats much before the Commonwealth Games began. "The government had asked the DDA to build these flats for athletes and they had given the work to Emaar MGF. Was the DDA sleeping when these 17 flats came up?" he asks.