Delight and despair as 25k flats won in DDA's mega housing scheme draw

  • Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 08:36 IST

Roop Singh Gujjar, a 29-year-old lawyer from Jaipur landed in Delhi four months ago in search of better opportunities. On Tuesday, he was standing outside Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) headquarter Vikas Sadan, beaming, as he landed a flat in the agency’s housing scheme 2014.

Not very far away from Gujjar was Meeta Sharma (62), slumped on a staircase with a lost look. Her late husband had first applied for a DDA housing scheme in 1986 but didn’t get a flat. “We have applied in all the housing schemes ever since but never got lucky. All I want is a roof over my head in Delhi but it seems the almighty doesn’t want it,” she said, looking listlessly towards the sky.

Vikas Sadan, the headquarter of

Delhi Development Authority

(DDA) was witness to both delight and despair as hundreds of applicants of the land development agency’s housing scheme 2014 thronged the office to see if they get lucky in the capital’s biggest gamble. A gamble that could mean you might land your own house in Delhi or wait for the next scheme. While some get lucky the first time, many have been waiting for the blessing of lady luck for decades.

With 10,08,985 applicants trying their luck for 25,040 flats, applicants had a chance of one in 40 to get a flat. There is a

slim ray of hope

in the form of a waiting list that DDA has prepared, with the name of about 1,250 applicants on it, which will be uploaded shortly. In case an allottee cancels or surrenders a flat, the person next on the list will get a chance.

For others,

the next chance

would come two years later. “We hope to bring the next DDA housing scheme in 2016. Unlike this time, where 95 per cent flats where one bedroom type, the next scheme would be mixed with many more two and three bedroom flats,” DDA Vice Chairman Balvinder Kumar told Hindustan Times.

On Tuesday, the process of draw began at 9 am with DDA officials first randomizing the application and flat numbers and feeding them in the computer. The computerised draw of lots began at 12.15pm and was completed by 2pm.

DDA is now going to hold a special camp at Vikas Sadan after 15 days, where successful applicants can collect allotment-cum-demand letters and also submit required documents.

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