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DDA’s new scheme to offer 12,000 flats

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority’s 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 Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal for his nod.

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

Formalities complete

“We have completed all formalities and the proposal has been sent to the L-G for the final nod. If the L-G asks for some changes, we will effect them. Otherwise, the scheme stands the same,” an official source said.

Mr. Baijal, who is also the chairman of the DDA, had instructed senior officials in April to ensure that adequate public transport connectivity and other basic infrastructure were available before the scheme was rolled out.

Early last month, the housing authority had said the scheme would be launched soon after the completion of the municipal polls.

The body has also tied up with 10 banks for sale of application forms and scheme-related transactions.

“We have roped in 10 banks for carrying out the transactions,” a senior official said.

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

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 a buyer later seeks to surrender the flat, he will have to forfeit the registration fee of ₹1 lakh or ₹2 lakh, depending on the nature of the flat.”

No lock-in period

“People are free to visit the areas where the flats are being offering before making up their minds. We also removed the lock-in period clause, as we realised 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.

“About 10,000 are LIG flats from the 2014 DDA scheme. Unlike the 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 ₹1 lakh, while for MIG (Middle Income Group) and HIG (Higher Income Group) it would be ₹2 lakh.

Technology route

“Application forms will be available both online and offline,” he said. From application to refund, the DDA this time has planned to make the scheme an online affair to reduce long queues at its headquarters.

Scheme 2014 offered 25,040 flats across categories, with prices ranging between ₹7 lakh and ₹1.2 crore.

The response was so massive that the DDA’s website had crashed soon after the launch. The one-bedroom flats were offered in Dwarka, Rohini, Narela and Siraspur.

Source: thehindu.com

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