The Uttar Pradesh Housing Development Board (UPHDB) has decided to do away with the lucky draw system for allotting flats in its housing schemes. The flats will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.
Officials of the board said that applicants can book flats on the UPHDB’s website after specifying the details — 2 BHK or 3 BHK, floor and the flat number.
“There are 1,200 flats in the Ganga-Yamuna housing scheme in Siddharth Vihar, of which 600 have been sold. In the next phase, 500 more flats will be up for grabs from December 18,” KA Singhal, executive engineer, UPHDB, Ghaziabad, said.
He said that the online system is more transparent, and many have raised suspicions over the lucky draw.
“People doubt that lucky draw system is rigged. Offering 500 flats online will maintain transparency as residents can see how many flats are left. This process is similar to the one used by Delhi Development Authority,” Singhal said.
He said that the whole process is online and the application will be closed as soon as all flats are booked.
“All arrangements have been made. We have put out advertisements in newspapers and on our website as well. The application process for other upcoming housing schemes will also be done in the same way,” he said.
Under the lucky draw, applicants had to register and pay the registration fee, after which the flats were allotted.
A proposal to allow buyers to pay the registration fee in instalments has also been sent to the board headquarters. “This will benefit applicants from the lower income group, once the proposal is approved,” Singhal said.
Buyers awaiting completion of the Brahmaputra housing scheme in Siddharth Vihar, which has 2,000 flats, are expected to get them by March 2017. Singhal said that demonetisation caused a lull in construction work as workers did not get their wages.
“We had promised possession of flats by December 2016. However, we are getting the new notes from the headquarters and work will resume soon. The flats will be ready by March 2017,” Singhal said.