The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has informed that about 6,500 flats, allotted under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Aawasiya Yojana-2017, have been surrendered by successful allottees, union housing and urban affairs minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, on February 6, 2018, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The minister said ‘no specific reasons’ have been given by the allottees, while some of the applicants have stated that the built-up area of the allotted flat was not sufficient to meet their requirements.
The DDA has offered about 4,500 of these flats for allotment to organisations such as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), for accommodation of their personnel deployed in various parts of Delhi, Puri said, adding that the response of these organisations was awaited. The flats will be allotted to these organisations on a ‘no profit, no loss’ basis.
To a query, the minister said the DDA has intimated that that there was no scope for further reduction in the rates of these flats, as they were offered on ‘no profit, no loss basis’. The DDA has also decided to increase the size of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG, 1BHK) flats for future construction, to 40 sq metres (including circulation area) and 50 sq metres, respectively. On whether the once sought-after DDA flats have, of late, been losing out to private housing projects, Puri replied, “The DDA has intimated that no such report has been received by it.”
Over 46,000 applicants had applied for 12,617 flats across four income categories, located in Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj, Jasola, Pitampura, Paschim Vihar and Siraspur. The draw was held in November 2017 for the flats, costing from close to Rs seven lakhs to over Rs 1.26 crores. Of the total number of flats offered, around 10,000 unoccupied ones were from the 2014 housing scheme. The 2014 scheme offered 25,040 flats across categories, with prices ranging between Rs seven lakhs and Rs 1.2 crores.