DDA puts off housing scheme draw after last-minute hiccups
New Delhi: After facing last-minute technical hiccups today, DDA has postponed the draw of lots for its flagship Housing Scheme 2014, which was scheduled to be held tomorrow.
The decision comes in the wake of technical problem encountered by the housing body while holding the mock trial for the scheme at its headquarters ‘Vikas Sadan' here and no new date has been announced.
The new scheme offers 25,034 flats - EWS, LIG, MIG, HIG, Janta flats and one-room apartments. The 22,627 one-bed room apartments were a major draw for the people this year, and DDA has received over 10 lakh applications for it.
C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), which had conducted the draw for DDA's last housing scheme in 2010, has been roped in this time again for the event.
“A mock trial of the draw of DDA Housing Scheme-2014 was held today at Vikas Sadan in the presence of Hon'ble Judges and senior officers of DDA.
“After the mock trial, C-DAC officials observed that mock trial has taken long time to the tune of 8-9 hours because of large number of applicants, multiple category of flats (more than four), multiple preferences for locations (34 nos.) and multiple reservations (SC, ST, Persons with Disability, Ex-Servicemen and War Widow).
“So, the date has been postponed and will be announced soon. It is taking inordinately long time and the process needs more time for optimization of data and process,” Delhi Development Authority said in a statement today.
Some technical experts have been called to check the process and give their opinion so that during the final draw there are no technical problems, DDA said.
The draw was slated to be held tomorrow at the Conference Hall of the DDA headquarters here at 11:30 AM. Also, for the first time, the housing authority would be “webcasting live” the entire draw on the internet with a dedicated URL for the same.
“We have created a dedicated website (http://www.ddadrawlive.in"www.ddadrawlive.in) for the draw, and instead of directly webcasting through a YouTube channel, we later decided to create a separate window for the event altogether, where online user can see the proceedings live,” DDA's Director (Systems) VS Tomar had said.
Online users must visit this site directly as no link has been provided through the official DDA website, to preclude any chance of crashing of the home site.
The new scheme, which offers over 25,000 flats across various categories, ranging in price from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore, closed on October 15.
This latest housing scheme was launched on September 1. The last date for application was initially set for October 9 before it was extended till October 15.