The Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA’s) 2017 Housing Scheme, has received around 20,000 applications, after its initial deadline of August 11, 2017 was extended to September 11, 2017, following poor response. “After extending the date, the total number of applications received stand at about 20,000. We will get full details across different categories by September 11,” a senior DDA official said, on September 1, 2017.
The 2017 Housing Scheme, which offers 12,000 flats for four income categories, was launched on June 30, 2017. On July 28, 2017, the DDA’s principal commissioner (housing), JP Agarwal had said that the housing authority had then received only 5,000 applications, conjecturing that demonetisation could have been a factor behind the low number of people applying for it. The flats are spread across Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj, Jasola, Pitampura, Paschim Vihar and Siraspur. Of the 12,000 flats, around 10,000 unoccupied ones are from the 2014 housing scheme, while 2,000 have been lying vacant. The prices of the flats range from close to Rs seven lakhs to over Rs 1.26 crores.
Agarwal had said the DDA will make every possible effort, to address all concomitant issues, including water supply and transportation. “Yes, some areas like Narela and Rohini, have connectivity issues and some flats need repair but before allotting the flats, we will make them fit to move in,” he assured. He said the Delhi Jal Board had committed to the DDA, to ensure water supply in all areas in the next six months. “We have also written letters to the Delhi Metro and DTC authorities, seeking transport infrastructure in these areas,” he said.
The draw of the lots is slated to be conducted in the first week of November and could be streamed online. The four categories of houses are – HIG (high-income group) with 87 flats ranging from Rs 53.52 lakhs to Rs 126.81 lakhs; MIG (middle- income group) with 404 flats ranging from Rs 31.32 lakhs to Rs 93.95 lakhs; LIG/one-bedroom flats numbering 11,197 and ranging from Rs 14.50 lakhs to Rs 30.30 lakhs; and 384 Janta flats ranging from Rs 7.07 lakhs to Rs 12.76 lakhs. For the LIG (lower income group) category, the registration fee will be Rs 1 lakh, while for the MIG and HIG flats, Rs 2 lakhs will be charged.
The 2014 scheme offered 25,040 flats across categories, with prices ranging between Rs 7 lakhs and Rs 1.2 crores. The online response was so massive that the DDA’s official website crashed, soon after the launch. The one-bedroom flats were offered in Dwarka, Rohini, Narela and Siraspur areas.