17 Dec :The Delhi Development Authority on Tuesday allotted over 5,000 flats through a draw of lots from a total of 5.67 lakh applicants, amid protests by some who demanded transparency in the process.
The draw of lots for 5,238 flats under its Housing Scheme 2008 took place at the DDA’s office at Vikas Sadan where a group of applicants shouted slogans demanding an open and transparent allotment mechanism.
The flats range between Rs 7 and 77 lakhs and are located at areas like Dwarka, Rohini and Vasant Kunj.A total of 5.67 lakh applicants had applied for the flats, which were 50 percent cheaper than the market rates.
At the end of the lottery, a DDA spokesman said the process was totally transparent as jury for the computerised draw of lots included senior bureaucrats, professors from IIT and media professionals.
However, a protester said despite promising total transparency, the entire process was a closed door affair and that is why they were demanding an open system of draw of lots.
After the protesters started shouting slogans, security personnel were deployed in and around the DDA office."We were not allowed inside the building. That is really unfair. They held it very secretly," said Rohini resident Rajinder Singh, whose name was not among the lucky applicants.
However for Rajinder Singh, a Rohini resident, it is a big day as he was among the lucky ones who got a DDA flat.The DDA will refund the registration fee of Rs 1.5 lakhs to unsuccessful applicants.
Of the 5,238 flats, over 300 are three-bedroom units, over 850 are two-bedroom flats and 3,231 have one bedroom.The result of the lottery will soon be uploaded on DDA website www.dda.org.in, said a DDA spokesperson.