New Scheme Of DDA To Provide 12,000 Flats After Election

After the end of April 17, there is a high likelihood of the new housing scheme to provide 12,000 flats by the Delhi Development Authority. Out of the total number of flats, more than 85% is from the areas such as Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj and Jasola whereas, only the remaining numbers of flats that are unoccupied are from the 2014 scheme. However, 2,000 flats are lying vacant currently. The urban body has tied up with 10 banks for sale of application forms and scheme-related transactions.

A senior official said that eight banks were roped in earlier and recently two more were added, i.e ICICI Bank and Canara Bank. The other eight banks are — Axis Bank, Yes Bank, IDBI, Bank of Baroda, Central Bank, SBI, Kotak Mahindra and HDFC.

The original plan was to launch this scheme in Feb 17 and due to problems with infrastructure related to roads and electricity, the process got delayed a bit. An official said that the engineering department was working in a full swing to put this scheme to use and is constantly in touch with the PWD. The scheme would therefore be launched successfully after the MCD elections, according to him. The official also proclaimed that the DDA wants only genuine buyers to apply for flats. In accordance with the new law, if anybody wants to surrender the flat, he will have to forfeit the registration fee of Rs 1 lakh or Rs 2 lakh depending on the nature of flat.

The concerned official said, "The buyers are free to visit the areas where the flats are located before submitting applications. The lock-in period clause has also been removed and so the buyers can think thoroughly before surrendering the flats. This will undoubtedly keep a check on the elements doing market speculation". Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, also chairman of the DDA said, "There should be adequate transportation facility and other basic infrastructure in place before the scheme is introduced".

The official also said, "Both husband and wife can apply for the scheme and if both are allotted flats, one of them has to give up necessarily". Most of the flats would be a one bedroom flat and there is no change in that.

According to officials, there are about 10,000 LIG flats from 2014. There would also be no economically weaker section in this scheme. For LIG category the registration fee would be Rs 1 lakh while for MIG and HIG it would be Rs 2 lakh. "Application forms would be available both online and off line." he said.

From application to refund, the DDA has a different plan than before which is making the scheme online, to avoid long queues. The 25,040 flats offered in the year 14 ranged in prices between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 1.2 crore.

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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