DDA misses deadline due to 'technical glitches'

  • Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2014 12:55 IST

For the applicants of Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) housing scheme 2014, the wait for the lucky draw is turning out to be an endless one.

The draw of lots, which was initially scheduled to be held on November 5, was postponed to November 10 after delay in the processing of applications, which was again rescheduled for November 14, according to DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar.

DDA has been carrying out trial runs of the draw since Monday and facing technical glitches. This has resulted in the delay, leading DDA to miss the latest deadline it had set for itself.

The trial runs, or ‘mock draw’ are being jointly carried out by the Systems department of DDA and a team from C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) at the DDA headquarter Vikas Sadan, where the draw is going to be held.

Applicants can visit the DDA website to check their applications online and in case of any discrepancy in the details submitted, they can report these directly to the Director (Systems), DDA at 011-24694157 to get the errors rectified

“The C-DAC team has brought all the required hardware to DDA headquarter, and along with our systems officials are working almost 24X7 to ensure a smooth draw of lots,” said a senior DDA official.

“The problem is the huge number of applications and the large number of errors that crept into the forms that were submitted by applicants with designated banks."

DDA has received total 10,08,700 applications for the 25,034 flats on offer, most of which are one bedroom flats.

“The trial runs are going on and is taking a lot of time because there is a lot of data to be processed. We have been facing some technical glitches too,” said DDA vice-chairman Kumar.

“The mock draws are taking six to seven hours to complete because there are so many forms and so many categories, while we want to wrap up the draw between one to two hours,” he said.

“The software we are using is a bit old but the systems department feels it is safe and time tested and don’t want to change it,” added Kumar.

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