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The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) allotted 8,438 flats ~ out of the already-reduced 10, 294 flats which were put on offer ~ under various categories from 45,012 applicants during the draw of lots for its Housing Scheme 2019 on Tuesday.
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The DDA Housing Scheme 2019 was launched on 25 March, offering flats across four categories including Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Lower Income Group (LIG), Middle Income Group (MIG) and Higher Income Group (HIG) categories.
The draw of lots for the scheme was held at the conference room of Vikas Sadan, and the process was streamed live through the DDA’s website.
According to a DDA official, the scheme that came to an end on 10 June was for sale of 17,921 flats in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Narela area. However, the official said the number of flats was later reduced to 10,294 from 17,921 after less number of people applied for these flats, especially in Narela area.
Of the applicants, Saroj Yadav, in the differently-abled category, was the first one to be picked up as a successful allottee who got an MIG flat on the ground floor in Vasant Kunj, said the DDA official, adding that differently-abled people were given first preference for the ground floor flats in the draw of lots.
The DDA official said that in the general category, Ved Prakash Thakur was the first successful allottee who got a flat on the fifth floor in Vasant Kunj.
But scores of applicants complained about the website, which was not “opening” after the draw of lots was over. The draw of lots had started at 12.30 pm.
According to the official, people had the option to mark seven choices, depending on flat types and area.
The draw of lots was held in the presence of a retired high court judge, Justice S N Aggarwal, Prof Anshul Kumar of IIT-Delhi, and deputy director-general of NIC Vishnu Chandra, said the official.
Even though the entire scheme was operated online through the DDA’s website, a large number of applicants also visited the DDA headquarters at INA to watch the proceedings at Nagarik Suvidha Kendra on a screen there.
The DDA’s housing scheme which was launched in March was extended till 10 June after getting an insipid response. The deadline for it was 10 May earlier.
Of the 45,012 final applicants, 36,409 belong to General category, 5,021 Scheduled Castes, 2,025 Scheduled Tribes, and 97 war widows among others, the official said.
For the EWS category, the application fee was fixed at Rs 25,000, for the LIG category it was Rs 1 lakh and for MIG and HIG flats it was Rs 2 lakh.