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DDA announces winners of mega housing scheme

PTI 25 Nov 2014, 19:07:41 PM IST

New Delhi:  The much-awaited draw for the mega ‘Housing Scheme 2014' of Delhi Development Authority concluded today, leaving thousands of applicants ecstatic after they found their names amongst those who landed flats even as others rued their luck at missing out in the lottery.  

The flagship scheme offering 25,040 flats in various categories spread across the national capital saw DDA receiving a whopping 10,08,985 applications, which is the highest in the history of the agency.

“The draw of lots was wrapped up in record time of 40 days despite receiving 10,08,985 applications, the highest in DDA history,” DDA Vice Chairman Balvinder Kumar told reporters here.

The draw was held under the supervision of retired Delhi High Court judge Manju Goel, National Informatics Centre DG Mahesh Chandra and IIT-Delhi professor Anshul Kumar.  “DDA will be holding a camp at its headquarters after 15 days where the verification of the documents of successful applicants will be done.

“General applicants may be handed over the demand-cum-allotment letter thereafter and the reserved category applicants will be handed over the same after authentication of their documents,” said Balvinder Kumar.  

The DDA vice-chairman added, “Each allottee shall be provided with an ID and password through which he will be able to track the status (of the allotment process). Allottees will also be notified through SMS and email alerts.”

The draw, which started at its scheduled time at around 11:30 A.M. at the DDA headquarters here, was completed within two hours after two seed numbers --0355299 for applicants and 03695 for flats—were fed as reference into the fully computerised and automated system.

Amit Roy, who landed a Janta Flat at New Kondli, was elated upon finding his name in the list of successful applicants. “I am very happy now that I will have my own roof over my head as I was staying in a rented apartment for the last six years. I had also applied for the DDA Housing Scheme in 2010, but luck didn't favour me that time,” said Roy, a private sector executive

As the draw was being processed, some applicants, who were apparently unhappy with the delay, tried to force their way into the conference room where the lottery was being held.  However, police present at the venue soon managed to control the situation.

A DDA spokesperson said, “The protesters were unhappy that the whole format for the draw was computerised. They wanted it done in the conventional style of pulling chits out of a box.” DDA had initially set the tentative date for the draw as November 5, but postponed it to November 17.

However, it failed to hold the draw on November 17 after trial runs were unable to wrap up the whole process within two hours.  The agency reportedly faced problems in dealing with the large number of application forms with there being more than 10 lakh of them.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), which had conducted the draw for DDA's last housing scheme in 2010, was again roped in this time for the exercise.  The more than 25,000 flats which were on offer were in the price range of between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 1.2 crore.  

The 2014 housing scheme was launched on September 1. The last date for applying was initially set for October 9 but later extended to October 15.