The lottery draw and declaration of results for the 4,034 Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) flats conducted on Tuesday was a smooth and efficient affair, without any confusion marring the process, unlike last year.
Amarjit Singh Manhas, chairman of Mhada (Mumbai board), said posting the results online went a long way in reducing the confusion. “People found it convenient to view the results at home rather than crowd the venue,” said Manhas.
He also credited the efficiency to the transparent methods adopted since the past three years by the housing body Mhada, which infused confidence amongst the buyers.
Sharing Manhas’ opinion, applicants said they have faith in the computerised lottery system. “I did not go to the venue as I had to work. I checked my fate online in the evening,” said Shahnawaz Khan, 29, a media professional. “I don’t suspect any manipulation but my chances are slim as the number of applicants is very large.”
The lottery draw began at 10 am in the presence of Retd Justice AS Aguiar and Ajay Bhushan Pande, deputy director of Unique Identification Authority.
Usha Naik, 66, convinced her doctor to release her from a hospital in Kalwa for a few hours so that she could check if she had been allotted a flat. Her efforts were not wasted, as she was one of the lucky ones to have got a flat.
“I have been dreaming of owning a house for more than 50 years. Today, by the grace of God, my wish has been fulfilled,” said Naik.
For Sunil Patil, the flat he has been allotted means freedom from the daily six hours of back-breaking train journey from Pen in Raigad. “Now I can spend more time with my family,” said Patil.
Though the draw took place without problems, the Mhada flat sale process has seen several hiccups this year. The first came when the coalition partners, the Congress and the NCP, differed on whether to permit bookings of under-construction flats; the second row was when the rates of the flats were hiked; and the third was linked to submission of applications online.
“There were some hiccups, which were bound to happen, as we had started the online [application] system for the first time, but overall it has been a success,” said Mubarak Khan,
NCP leader and Mhada board member.