'I will have to wait forever to live in my own home'

DDA doesn't make enough flats to meet city's demand for affordable houses

It’s been over a decade that I have been waiting for my own home. I applied in the 2014 Housing Scheme of DDA and to many previous ones but to no avail,” says Deepak Kumar.

“I am in the waiting list competing against over 1,000 people,” adds Kumar, who runs a small shop in Dilshad Garden.

Like Kumar, almost every applicant who has not made it to the final list of allottees is of the opinion that he will never be able to fulfil his dream of owning a house.

“I think I will have to wait forever to live in my own home,” says Kumar.

Asked what if someone refuses to accept the flat and he gets it, he told Deccan Herald, “The chances of getting a flat now are very bleak. I don’t think I will get it. He points at `goof-ups’ like delay in holding the draw of lots, and then people from the same family getting a flat each.

Another DDA flat aspirant, Amit Sarkar says, “If I ever get a DDA flat, it will be a dream come true. But the only problem is that I never get shortlisted into the final list.”
“People like me apply because we can’t afford private builders’ flats. Our only hope to own a house is DDA. But the recent developments after the draw of lots have reduced our chances to get a flat,” he adds.

The Delhi Development Authority draw of lots for over 25,000 flats has kicked up several controversies after repeated delays. DDA member Jitender Kochar has sought a CBI probe into the draw of lots in which some flats were allegedly allotted to members of the same family.

“There are a lot of discrepancies in the draw of lots and as the days will pass by more such goof-ups will unearth,” says Kochar. “One can judge the level of bungling in the draw of lots by the fact that under the army widow quota, names of men have cropped up,” he adds.

But the DDA denies such allegations. “There have been no discrepancies from the DDA’s side. We have mentioned in the form that scrutiny of papers of the allottees will take place after the first round of the allotment of flats,” says a DDA official.

When asked about single allottee getting three flats and male names under war widow quota, the DDA official says, “We are scrutinising the information provided by the applicants. If wrong information has been given and wrong means are found we will cancel the allotment.”


“We will not return the token amount (Rs 1 lakh) as well. Cancelled houses will go to the waiting list. We have called all forms from the bank and started the scrutiny,” the official adds.

But the claim seems infeasible as some of the allottees have applied through bank and paid only marginal token amount of Rs 5,000.

Some of the allottees are unhappy with the quality of the flats they received. “I didn’t like the location of the flat allotted to me in Rohini,” says Rukmani Kulkarni. “I am thinking of selling the property,” she adds.

The DDA has also introduced a five-year lock-in period, and the allottee can only sell his flat after that. Some applicants also think that it is too long a period.

Other allottees find the prices of the flats too high. “According to the dimensions of the flat in Dwarka, I think I have paid too much price,” says Punnet Das.  
The 25,040 flats offered under Housing Scheme 2014 cost between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 1.2 crore.

But the DDA says that the prices are low as compared to market rates. “To get a flat in Dwarka it costs Rs 15 lakh. So we tried to keep the prices affordable for all the sections of the society,” the official says.

The DDA says it has initiated the public-private partnership model. The recently built flats have come up under the PPP model. The DDA has also tried to incorporate green building concepts into the construction process for the first time.

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