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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

DDA scraps plan to reserve 80% flats for Delhi residents

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 21, 2014
First Published: 23:36 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(23/8/2014)

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Thursday scrapped its plan to reserve 80% flats in its new housing scheme for Delhiites.

The authority got an in-principle approval for its 2014 housing scheme that offers 25,600 flats across the city. The proposal with many new clauses such as a five-year cap on the sale of flats was tabled at the authority’s meeting chaired by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who is also DDA chairman.

The proposal was earlier sent to the L-G for his approval, who asked the DDA to table it in the authority meeting.

The meeting, attended by officials of the union urban development ministry and political representatives apart from DDA officials, went on for nearly two hours. Many of the clauses introduced by DDA for the first time were discussed threadbare.

The plan to reserve 80% flats for Delhi residents didn’t find favour with many members and it was eventually scrapped.

“Delhi is a mini-India and you cannot reserve flats on 80-20 ratio here. Many members asked how DDA was going to decide whom to term a Delhi resident” said Jitender Kumar Kochar, a non-official member of the authority.

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Kochar said there could be Delhiites who have migrated to the city recently and don’t have a voter identification card and that was no a reason to bar them from applying for a flat.

There were debates on another new clause — a lock-in period of five years before an allottee can sell a flat. The clause was introduced as a measure to ensure only those who genuinely want to live in a DDA flat are allotted one. Many members, however, raised objections.

“Many members said in case someone faces a crisis and would like to sell their property to get some money, this clause would prove a hindrance.

What if someone falls sick and needs money for treatment or if someone’s child needs money for higher education and the only asset they have is their flat?” Kochar said.

Members also felt that since an allottee was making full and final payment while buying a DDA flat, they had a right to sell it when they want to.

While the scheme has now been approved in principle, some changes may be brought in the present proposal in the next few days. The DDA is expected to announce the date of the scheme’s launch soon and brochures should be available for sale by the end of this month.


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