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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

The Great Flat Rush

From maids to Indian expats, thousands tried their luck on day 1 of the big Delhi sale. On day 1 the Delhi Development Authority sold 80,000 forms from other outlets.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2008 00:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

If you do not want to miss out on this golden opportunity, hurry to grab your copy of the application form.

For on day 1 the Delhi Development Authority sold 80,000 forms from the agency’s headquarter at Vikas Sadan and branches of various nationalised and private banks. It has printed five lakh forms.

The agency’s website received 15,000 hits.

Property experts said going by the huge interest the housing scheme has generated, the probability of an individual to make it through the draw of lots would go down considerably.

“Let’s suppose all the five lakh forms for the approximate 5,000 flats are sold and pass DDA’s scrutiny for entering the draw of lots. This means that there will be 998 applicants per flat. You have to be really lucky to get a flat,” said a realty expert.

On the first day, people started queuing up outside Vikas Sadan since 7.30 a.m. “Within minutes of the counters opening, there was a long queue,” said a security guard posted at the DDA headquarters.

There were cases where individuals were seen buying up to 10 forms. However, by noon, the DDA staff started selling just one form per person. In some branches of private banks, all forms were sold out before noon.

The fact that prices of the flats being sold under the scheme starts from Rs 7.95 lakh onwards saw people from different economic background jostling with one another in long queues to get their copy of application forms.

If on the one hand there was Prabha Devi — who works as a maid in Greater Kailash bungalows and who had come from Dakshinpuri to try her luck, in another serpentine queue Manna Bishwa Nath, a senior project engineer with Samsung who is posted at Seoul, waited his turn to buy the form.

“I had read in newspapers that the DDA is launching its housing scheme in August. So I timed my office trip to India in such a way that it coincided with the launch of the scheme,” said Nath.

Nath’s choice is a two bedroom flat in the Rs 14-25 lakh range.

Both their goal were same — play the DDA lottery and win a flat. “Hame itna sastha makan aur kahan milega? Koshish karne mein kya harz hain. Sayaad kismat saath de jaye. (Where will we get such cheap flats? Let me try, I might get lucky),” said Prabha Devi.

She said she would apply for the one-bedroom flats in Rohini and Narela, which are priced between Rs 7.95 lakh and Rs 8.80 lakh.

“Hamare budget mein to yehi hain (These are the only flats that are within my budget),” she said.

DDA officials said as of now they had enough forms and, if the need arises, they would print more. “We have printed five lakh forms in the first phase. If we feel that they are not enough we will print more,” said Asma Manzar, DDA Commissioner (Housing).