A day after the Lieutenant-Governor cleared it, the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) on Friday announced the launch of its biggest-ever housing scheme on September 1. The DDA said its 2014 housing scheme, which has over 25,000 housing units on offer, will be closed on October 9 and the draw of lots will be conducted by end of October.
“The DDA will conduct the draw of lots within 20 days of the closing of the scheme through a third agency, which will be a government agency,” Balvinder Kumar, DDA vice chairperson, said.
Having announced the launch of the scheme on Friday, Kumar said plans to develop over 1.5 lakh housing units in the next four years was already in the pipeline.
The authority claims the selling point for houses under the 2014 scheme is the emphasis on green technology and a huge corpus fund — over Rs 300 crore — for maintenance of flats over the next 30 years. The fund — which is also the biggest in magnitude the DDA has ever introduced — will be constituted through a fixed sum, over Rs 1 lakh, that will be collected from every flat owner. The DDA has included this sum in the cost of flats.
Maintaining that the housing authority had learnt from its “past mistakes”, Kumar said, “There will be no maintenance issues, no uncertainty this time. We hope to meet most expectations — such as strong emphasis on green norms and the huge corpus fund for maintenance of flats — in this housing scheme. We will empower residents’ welfare associations to maintain their housing societies by allotting money from the corpus fund.”
In this scheme, the DDA has done away with the cumbersome file system. “No more challans will be issued by the DDA under this scheme, as all applications will be dealt with online. For those who do not have an access to online registration, brochures will be made available. Thirteen banks have been empanelled and they will assist applicants in submitting their forms to the DDA,” Kumar said.
Of the total 25,034 flats on offer, 896 are new constructions after 2010. Another 22,627 units with one bedroom and a drawing room, 700 units for the EWS category and 811 units old DDA flats will also be available, Kumar said.