It’s a dream come true for Delhiites to get a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flat. The process, work and the effort that had to be put in order to get a DDA flat is a nightmare. On October 25, 2010, DDA Housing Scheme was launched and some 16,000 flats located across Delhi were on offer. For the first drawn which was held on April 18, 2011, DDA received over 7.56 lakh applications.
Some 12,000 of the successful allottees have received demand letters for their flats but still the remaining 4,000 allottees are still in the quest from pillar to post to get any information about when they would get their flats. DDA has stated that the remaining demand letters would be issued shortly but the allottees are still not sure when the promised day would come.
Sunita Khanna (name changed on request) sait that “Visiting the DDA headquarters regularly for the demand letter has become a part of my life and is affecting my office work.“ She also said that “DDA officials had earlier promised to issue the letter by January but I’m not sure if I will get the letter even in February. It has already been one-and-a-half years since DDA launched the scheme but I don’t know when exactly would I be able to move into my own house. “
The deadlines set for issuing the demand letters by DDA has been missing and the reason why the 4000 allottees are still not getting the letter is because the flats are still not completed. Vasant Kunj D-6, Jasola Sector 9A, Dwarka 18B and Rohini Sector 29 are some of the areas where the demand letters for allotments are made for flats. A senior DDA official said that “Work on flats in these areas is yet to be completed but it would be done shortly. “ One main problem why these flats are still not completed is because DDA is facing problem installing elevators. Though elevators have been put in place, they are yet to be made operational. According to some DDA officials ‘Apart from construction work, which is lagging behind, another reason for the delay seems to be the fact that most of these flats are located in multi-storied buildings. “There is a problem with installation of elevators in these buildings.’’
Only once the elevator starts working and after the completion of construction, the demand letters for all the locations will be raised. The allottees of these flats have received an intimation letter, instead of a demand letter. After they get the demand letter, allottees can make the payment for the flats. The process of taking possession of the flat would take two months after payment.
News Source : Hindustan Times