Draw of lots held for 16,000 flats in Delhi

The much-awaited biggest draw of lots for 16,000 flats offered by DDA for which 7.53 lakh applicants are vying was held Monday in nearby Noida amid tight security.

New Delhi: The much-awaited biggest draw of
lots for 16,000 flats offered by the Delhi Development
Authority (DDA) for which 7.53 lakh applicants are vying was
held Monday in nearby Noida amid tight security.

With DDA restricting entry, hundreds of applicants
gathered outside the Sector-62 office of the Centre for
Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), whose help was taken
by the Delhi Development Authority for the draw which went on
for two hours and 45 minutes.

Officials said the results were likely to be uploaded on
the DDA website by late tonight. It will be published in
newspapers too.

Only a handful of mediapersons were allowed into a hall
on the premises where the process was screened while draw
panelists, independent senior observers from diverse fields
and DDA officials were inside for the draw.

The DDA had earlier said that as there is limited space
at the CDAC premises, it will be difficult to accommodate
everyone wishing to witness the draw. For the first time, it
was held in Noida and not in the DDA headquarters here.

However, many applicants were heard complaining that the
process should have been open while some mediapersons
were unhappy over not being allowed inside.

A large number of police and PAC personnel were deployed
in and around the building while traffic was diverted in the
area. Fire engines were parked to handle any eventuality.

7.53 lakh applicants are vying for the flats, located in
areas like Vasant Kunj, Mukherjee Nagar, Motia Khan, Jasola,
Dwarka, Rohini, Narela, Jaffarabad, Kondli and Gharoli. There
are one, two and three bedroom flats with the
prices ranging from Rs 9 lakh to Rs Rs 1.12 crore.

The housing scheme was launched on November 25, 2010.

Asked about the allegations of irregularities that had
cropped up during the last draw of lots for its housing
scheme, Delhi Development Authority officials had earlier said
that all necessary checks and balances were in place.

"The draw is being held in Noida only due to the fact
that the number of applicants and the number of flats being
allotted under the scheme is high as compared to earlier
schemes. CDAC has better wherewithal and expertise to conduct
the draw of such a magnitude and it is not possible to
transport the equipment from there," an official had said.

PTI

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