Finally, draw for housing scheme 2014 over

The draw of lots for the Delhi Development Authority’s flagship ‘Housing Scheme 2014’ on Tuesday sealed the fate of over 10 lakh applicants.

Webcasted live on the internet, the draw process for over 25,000 flats was completed by 2 pm, while the list of successful applicants was uploaded on the website by 4 pm.

The authority will give possession of the flats to the winner only after the completion of all amenities at the flats, the DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said.
He added that they expect to begin the flat handovers from January.

The successful applicants have the option to surrender the flat before the issue of possession letter from the DDA. In case of cancellation of allotments, due to surrendering of flats or non-payment within the prescribed period, those waitlisted will have a chance to get lucky.

To those unsuccessful, the authority will refund the registration fee within a month.
Earlier, a large number of applicants thronged the agency’s headquarters, ‘Vikas Sadan’ since morning. The draw process began with randomisation of data – where the applicants form numbers and the flats numbers were assigned unique random number – at around 9 am. The round one was completed in around 1 hour 50 minutes.

The second process of lots, which involved picking of lucky numbers and the mapping of applicants and flats, began at around 12 pm.

For the first time the draw is being held under the guidance of a retired High Court judge. Earlier the judges used to be senior bureaucrats and IT experts, the DDA vice-chairman said.

Launched on September 1, the housing scheme received 10,08,985 applications and about 17 lakh application forms were sold. Over 25,000 flats, in the price range of Rs 7 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore, across various categories were on offer.

The authority had initially announced that they will hold the draw as early as November 5, but it was postponed twice due to technical glitches.

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