For most Delhiites, getting a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flat is a dream come true. The process of getting a flat, however, is turning out to be a nightmare for one fourth of the successful applicants of the DDA’s 2010 Housing Scheme.
The 2010 DDA Housing Scheme was launched on October 25, 2010, and about 16,000 flats, located across the Capital, were on offer. DDA had received 7.56 lakh applications for the flats and draw was held on April 18, 2011.
While 12,000 of the successful allottees have received demand letters for their flats, the remaining 4,000 allottees are still running from pillar to post to get any information about when they would get their flats. Though DDA claims that the remaining demand letters would be issued shortly, the allottees are not sure when the promised day would come.
“Visiting the DDA headquarters regularly for the demand letter has become a part of my life and is affecting my office work,” said Sunita Khanna (name changed on request). “DDA officials had earlier promised to issue the letter by January but I’m not sure if I will get the letter even in February. It has already been one-and-a-half years since DDA launched the scheme but I don’t know when exactly I would be able to move into my own house,” she said.
DDA has been consistently missing the deadlines it has set for issuing the demand letters. The reason why 4,000 allottees are yet to get the letters is that the flats are not completed yet.
The demand letters for allotments are made for flats in areas such as Vasant Kunj D-6, Jasola Sector 9A, Dwarka 18B and Rohini Sector 29. “Work on flats in these areas are yet to be completed but it would be done shortly,” said a senior DDA official.
Apart from construction work, which is lagging behind, another reason for the delay seems to be the fact that most of these flats are located in multi-storied buildings. “There is a problem with installation of elevators in these buildings. Though elevators have been put in place, they are yet to be made operational,” the official said.
The demand letters for these locations will be raised only on completion of construction or when the elevators become operational. The allottees of these flats have received an intimation letter, instead of a demand letter.
After they get the demand letter, allottees can make the payment for the flats. The process of taking possession of the flat would take two months after payment.