Soon after the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) launched its 2014 housing scheme on Monday, the website of the land agency crashed, unable to take the load of the large number of people trying to download the form online.
The agency, however, managed to sell 30,000 brochures on the first day — 22,000 forms were sold by banks empanelled by DDA and the remaining 8,000 at DDA headquarters.
“Soon after the launch, we received 5 lakh hits on our official website, following which it crashed. Efforts are on to restore the service,” a DDA official said.
The 2014 scheme, which has been touted as one of the biggest ever announced by the DDA and has 25,000 houses on offer, was launched at the DDA headquarters, Vikas Sadan. There, queues started forming as early as 8 am, one-and-a-half hours before the scheme was launched.
The huge turnout led to some confusion initially as only one counter was open for the sale of brochures. But, towards the evening, more counters opened up.
“The brochures reached branches of banks some time after the launch,’’ the official said.
The sale of brochures will continue till October 9, with the draw of lots likely to be held towards the end of October.
Bhupender Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, who has been working as a junior engineer with the Delhi Public Works Department for the last three years, said he would shift his family to Delhi if he was allotted a flat.
Meena Devi, meanwhile, said she wanted a flat for her son.
“My son is 21 years old and is studying in college. I want to give him a home and I am going to participate in the scheme to fulfill this dream,’’ she said.
Dilip Kumar, a driver, said this was the fourth time he was trying his luck with DDA housing schemes.
“I had submitted forms during the last three schemes as well, but was not allotted a house,’’ he said.
The 2014 scheme offers flats ranging from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore across categories — Economically Weaker Sections, Low Income Group, Mid Income Group, High Income Group and one-room apartments.
“We have asked engineers to ensure that all flats are ready by March 2015,’’ DDA vice-chairman Balvinder Kumar said, adding that major rush was expected in the last 10 days of submission.
The scheme also includes 811 houses from the old stock. “Benefit of depreciation on construction cost has been provided at the time of computation of tentative disposal cost of these flats. One time maintenance has also not been charged in such cases,’’ he said.
For the first time, the DDA has introduced a five-year lock-in period for ownership of flats to cut out middlemen and reduce the scope of speculative buying.
“After five years, the DDA will formally execute a conveyance deed in their favour,” the DDA official said.
Also for the first time, DDA has also decided to do away with attachments along with the application forms, and now, only a photocopy of the PAN card will be required with the one-page form.
“For general applicants, only a PAN card copy, along with the application form, will suffice. For EWS applicants, an income certificate will be required,” the official said. There are 700 EWS flats under the scheme.
In its last scheme housing scheme in 2010, there were 11 lakh applications for 16,000 flats. “To curb black-marketing of forms, we have restricted the number of purchase to only two for each buyer,” an official said.