The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had promised that this year, the 3.17 lakh applicants for their 3,449-odd low-cost flats would know whether they have been allotted a house or not within 15 minutes of Tuesday’s lottery.
However, several aspirants spent hours trying to log on to the websites MHADA had listed, but failed because there were technical glitches.
MHADA had said it would upload the results on three government websites and on websites of private television channels. Many applicants did not visit Rangsharda at Bandra where the lottery was held thinking they would be able to access the results online.
Pallavi G, a media professional who had applied in five categories, said she spent at least five hours trying to find out whether she had managed to get at least one house.
“Does MHADA want all three lakh applicants to crowd the lottery venue to know their fate,” said Pallavi. “This is not the way such a premier housing body should function,” she added.
MHADA had said it had acquired additional bandwidth to ensure that the websites do not crash due to high traffic. Satish Bhide, chief officer, MHADA (Mumbai board), said there was some problem initially in one website but the remaining websites were functioning normally.
“Our website is designed to deal with thousands of people logging in to the site at the same time,” Bhide told Hindustan Times. “My officers have said that everything is okay but I will check.”
An anxious Vidyadhar Misal, who is holidaying at his native place at Kolhapur, was hoping to check the results online. “Such delays only cause problems,” said Misal.
The websites were finally accessible after 9.45 pm.
The air at Rangsharda, meanwhile, was thick with the summer heat and expectation as many applicants who did not have access to the Internet turned up to find out whether their names were on the list.
Aspirants crowded under the specially created tent, all ears as the winners were being picked by a computerised lottery system.
The day saw all kinds of people. There were some who lived in rented flats and desperately needed a home they could call their own.
Some others had been living like sardines in a tin with 10 other people sharing a single flat, and were tired of the space crunch. A handful had been living on the footpath.
The proceedings went off smoothly unlike last year, when a woman had attempted suicide after failing to secure a flat.