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MHADA to use ‘faulty’ lottery software again

The software that erroneously allotted more than one flat to applicants in the January lottery, will be used again in December to allot 4,000 Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) flats, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2009 02:56 IST
HT Correspondent

The software that erroneously allotted more than one flat to applicants in the January lottery, will be used again in December to allot 4,000 Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) flats.

MHADA has denied any fault with the software, whose performance had raised questions and invited public interest litigations (PILs) from people.

“There is no fault with the software and it will be used to select winners for our forthcoming lottery system,” said MHADA Vice-President Gautam Chatterjee.

There was talk in June that MHADA would acquire a new lottery software that would eliminate doubts over the efficiency of the earlier one.

The software was introduced to randomly pick application form numbers, but it was seen that several winners, who got flats under the lottery, were those who had filled forms with consecutive serial numbers.

In January, 4.34 lakh people applied for 3,863 low-cost MHADA flats.

An ex-serviceman has filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) with the Supreme Court against these flat allotments.

The SLP was filed in the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court had dismissed the petition, allowing Mhada to hand over possession of the 3,853 flats.

The SLP is likely to come up for hearing next week.

The petitioner had filed a PIL in July alleging that the software used for flat allotments was faulty.

MHADA had already filed a caveat in the SC last week seeking that no orders be passed on the matter without hearing MHADA’s arguments.