In a disabled-friendly direction, the Delhi High Court has asked DDA to accord preferential treatment and consider relaxing norms for applicants with disabilities and impairments while allotting plots or houses.
The court made these observations while asking the DDA to allot a ground floor house to one Gulshan, a cerebral palsy patient who suffers from 70 per cent disability. This was despite the fact that DDA had cancelled his allotment as the applicant, besieged by the disease, could not make the payments in time.
"The Disability Act was conceived with a measure to ensure a barrier-free society, guaranteeing certain affirmative rights to persons with various disabilities and impairments. There is an obligation upon governments to formulate schemes for preferential allotment of lands and houses to benefit persons with disabilities," justice Ravindra Bhat said.
Gulshan had registered with DDA for a house in 1996. He was initially allotted a flat in 1999. He approached the court as DDA had not provided water supply or developed the infrastructure. In 2002, DDA issued him a fresh demand letter for another house as per the court order.
After waiting for more than a year during which he called for personal hearings, DDA cancelled the offer as he did not make the payment and complete other formalities.
Terming the step as "arbitrary", he knocked the doors of the High Court. Though he claimed he never got the demand letter, the court found that it had been sent and Gulshan was the defaulter.
"In Self Financing Scheme, there is no gainsaying that a registrant is bound by terms and has to comply by demands for timely payment. DDA cannot be faulted. However there are certain special and peculiar features of this case as the petitioner is a victim of a physical and mental disorder which has left him severely impaired", the court said.