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DDA to penalise ?cheats?

Multiple applicants for flats to lose money, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 04:34 IST

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) plans to take action against all those who submitted more than one application to boost their chances of winning a flat allotted by lottery under a scheme launched last year.

One of the eligibility rules for DDA's "Housing Scheme 2006" was "one person, one application". But up to 300 people were found to have applied more than once — through family members — for the scheme under which 3,818 flats were allotted in a draw of lots on January 3.

The civic authority has decided not to return the money paid by them to register for the scheme. The step is a first in DDA's history.

The authority will not return close to Rs 4.5 crore. Each of the 300 people paid Rs 1.5 lakh to register.

"Of the 1.9 lakh applications received, we have come across 300 cases where people applied more than once. It's a violation of allotment rules and we will penalise them," said Asma Manzar, DDA Commissioner-Housing.

The stringent action, DDA officials said, would act as a deterrent. "Not only will it dissuade people from misleading the authority but also make banks giving housing loans more careful," said Manzar.

Faced with allegations that more than one flat was allotted to people under its housing scheme in 2004, DDA now uses a special software to detect multiple applications by tallying details of each applicant, like his/her surname, father's name, address and PAN number.

"In one instance, we came across an individual who had submitted five forms through different banks. In another case, a couple had applied separately," said Manzar.

But while it will take to task those who gave more than one application form, DDA has decided to spare those who gave incomplete information.

"In 300 cases, applicants did not provide all the requisite information," said one DDA official.

Email Moushumi Das Gupta: moushumi.gupta@hindustantimes.com