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Rush for low-cost housing forms turns ugly

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2008 23:36 IST
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A day after the DDA Housing Scheme – which was launched on Wednesday – saw a huge rush of residents scrambling to buy application forms, a violent scene was witnessed at Azadpur, where the Delhi government was distributing forms for its recently launched special housing scheme for the economically weaker sections.

Ten persons were injured in the melee. Two persons including a woman were seriously injured in a near stampede-like situation at the counter.

The counter at Krishi Bhawan installed at the Azadpur Sabzi Mandi saw applicants queuing up from 6 am onwards. The situation went out of control around 11 am on Thursday when some of them clashed with each other.

The police had to open a mild lathicharge to quell the mob. Police said there was confusion among the applicants, who were under the impression that “whoever buys the form would be allotted a plot by the government.”

The sale of forms under Rajiv Awas Yojana where low-cost houses are to be allotted started from August 5. In the first phase of the scheme, 10,000 houses will be allotted by end September.

Under the scheme a one- bedroom house is priced at Rs 1.75 lakh while the cost of two-bedroom house is Rs 2 lakhs.