DDA’s 12,000-unit housing scheme awaits LG’s nod

[] The Delhi Development Authority’s new housing scheme, with 12,000 flats on offer, is likely to be rolled out very soon, as the DDA has completed formalities and sent the proposal to the Lieutenant Governor for his nod

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has completed all the formalities for the launch of its housing scheme comprising 12,000 flats and the proposal has been sent to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) for his approval, an official source has revealed. “We are awaiting his response. If the LG asks for some changes, we will effect them. Otherwise, the scheme stands the same,” the official said.

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Out of the total number of flats, most of them in Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj and Jasola, 10,000 unoccupied flats are from the 2014 scheme, while the rest are other flats which have been lying vacant.

Delhi LG Anil Baijal, also the chairman of the DDA, had instructed senior officials in April 2017, to ensure that adequate public transport connectivity and other necessary basic infrastructure were available, before the roll-out of the new scheme.

Early last month, the housing authority had said that the scheme would be launched, after the completion of the MCD polls. The municipal polls were held on April 23, 2017. However, the new local government in all three corporations is yet to take charge.

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The scheme was earlier planned to be launched in February 2017 but ancillary infrastructure work, like building of connecting roads and installation of street lights, had stretched the timeline.

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The urban body has tied up with 10 banks, for the sale of application forms and scheme-related transactions. Eight banks had been roped in earlier (Axis Bank, Yes Bank, IDBI, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank, SBI, Kotak Mahindra and HDFC) and recently two more were added (ICICI Bank and Canara Bank), a senior official said.

The official said this time, the DDA only wants genuine buyers to apply and check market speculation.

“So, we have done away with the provision of surrendering of flats. This means, if the buyer later seeks to surrender the flat, he will have to forfeit the registration fee of Rs 1 lakh or Rs 2 lakhs, depending on the nature of flat.

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“People are free to visit the areas where the flats are being offered, before making up their mind. We have also removed the lock-in period clause, as we realised that this was also a factor in buyers surrendering the flats. This is also to keep a check on those elements who do market speculation,” he added.

Both, husband and wife, can apply for the scheme but if both are allotted flats, one of them would have to give up the property.

Sources said most of the flats are one-bedroom LIG (Lower Income Group) flats from the last housing scheme and no new flat is on offer this time. “Unlike EWS (Economically Weaker Section) category last time, in this scheme, there would be no such category,” the official said. For LIG category, the registration fee will be Rs 1 lakh, while for MIG (Middle Income Group) and HIG (Higher Income Group), it would be Rs 2 lakhs.

“Application forms will be available both online and off line,” he said. From application to refund, the DDA this time has planned to make the scheme an online affair, to reduce long queues of flat buyers at its headquarters. The 2014 scheme offered 25,040 flats across categories, with prices ranging between Rs 7 lakhs and Rs 1.2 crores. The online response was so massive that DDA’s official website had crashed soon after the launch. The one-bedroom flats were offered in Dwarka, Rohini, Narela and Siraspur areas.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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