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15 mins to know if you’ve won home

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2010 01:22 IST
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Electronic Clearing System

The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) wants to ensure applicants hoping to get their dream homes in this year’s lottery, do not have to wait too long to know if they have.

This year, within 15 minutes of the MHADA lottery to be held on Monday, applicants will be able to check the results online.

The agency will upload results of the lottery on several websites.

MHADA attempted to put the results online last year, but its website crashed due to heavy traffic. This time, it is armed with better bandwidth and more websites.

“We want to make the whole system smooth and ensure that people do not have to come to the lottery centre,” said Amarjeet Singh Manhas, chairman, MHADA (Mumbai Board). A total of 3.17 lakh applicants have applied for 3,449 low cost MHADA homes built at places such as Dahisar, Sion, Versova and Mankhurd.

MHADA will use the computerised lottery system, introduced last year and certified by the Tata Consultancy System (TCS), to draw the lots.

The system attracted several Public Interest Litigations after last year’s draw by applicants claiming it was flawed. The high court, however, dismissed all the petitions.

A committee of retired judge K.K. Bam, secretary of the state’s information technology cell, Ajay Pande, and Professor G. Sivakumar of Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, will preside over the lottery.

The committee has already checked the system. “We want to ensure total transparency,” Manhas said.

After the lottery, the deposit money of unsuccessful applicants will be refunded and deposited in their bank accounts in 48 hours through the Electronic Clearing System. Those who win homes will be intimated in three days and asked to submit relevant documents and make an initial payment to claim their apartments.

If an applicant gets allotted multiple flats, the housing board will make sure he or she chooses one flat.

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