Frustrated with governmental apathy, owners of six more cooperative group housing societies (CGHS) in Dwarka carried out a draw of lots themselves for 625 flats in the presence of political leaders and the media on Sunday.
Together with these six societies, the number of such CGHSs in Dwarka that have opted for self draw of lots has risen to 18. The first such draw was held in January by the members of the Association of Suffering Members of Cooperative Group Housing Societies, Delhi.
More than 6,000 flats from 58 societies had been lying vacant in Dwarka since 2005, following court cases and a CBI investigation. After investigations were completed and a charge sheet filed, the High Court had directed the allotment of flats in August 2007 to owners of these societies. But the government did not move ahead with the allotment.
In January 2010, 11 societies decided to draw lots on three different days. One society had gone the same way three weeks ago.
Approximately 1,300 flats were allotted this way. Rattled by such a move, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit promised a 'single window' system to address the issue within one month. However, there has been no development since then.
Ashok Kumar, convener of the Association claimed, “The callous attitude and apathy of the government departments, mainly the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS), is directly responsible for the civil disobedience movement by flat owners.