On Monday, the Capital's biggest lottery changed the fortunes of thousands even as it brought despair for lakhs of hopefuls.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) held the draw of lots for its 2010 housing scheme, for which more than 7.5 lakh people had applied to try their luck and get one of the 16,000 flats on offer.
The draw, held at the office of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Noida Sector 62, went on for nearly three hours and by evening, the list of successful applicants was uploaded on the DDA website.
Applicants tried to get the result from their homes or rushed to cyber cafes, only to encounter a very slow website that crashed more than once, groaning under the immense web traffic. DDA said that the list would also be published in major newspapers on Tuesday.
For the first time, the draw was not held at the DDA headquarter, Vikas Sadan. DDA had said with the highest number of flats on offer in this scheme, it didn't have the IT infrastructure to hold the draw.
Only a handful of mediapersons were allowed into a hall on the premises where the process was screened while draw panelists, independent senior observers from diverse fields and DDA officials were inside for the draw.
There are other firsts in the latest housing scheme like allowing both husband and wife to apply with the condition that the flat will be allotted to only one in case both the applicants are successful.
Applicants were also required to have a Permanent Account Number and deposit money from their own account.
A lump sum amount has been added to the cost of the flats, as the authority will maintain the common areas and exteriors of the flats for the next 30 years.