The draw of lots for Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) flagship ‘Housing Scheme 2014’, delayed several times due to last-minute glitches during trial runs, will be held in the capital on Tuesday. The draw of lots will decide the fate of over 10 lakh applicants who applied for houses under the scheme.
The process will begin at 11.30 am and will be completed in less than two hours, the DDA said. DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said, “The randomisation of data will begin at 9 am. It will take less than two hours to complete. The final draw will begin at 11.30 am and will stretch for about an hour and 45 minutes.” The DDA said a live webcast of the draw of lots will begin alongside the randomisation process.
DDA had decided to hold the draw on November 5 but later postponed it to November 17, which the agency had to put off due to glitches during the trial runs.
The DDA said the mock draw of lots took “around 8-9 hours” due to the “large number of applicants, multiple category of flats (more than four), multiple preferences for locations (34) and multiple reservations (SC, ST, persons with disability, ex-servicemen and war widow)”.
But the agency claimed the process had now been optimised. “All problems have been ironed out. The process should take place without any glitches,” the official said.
C-DAC, which had conducted the draw for DDA’s last housing scheme in 2010, has been roped in this time too.
The new scheme offers 25,034 flats — EWS, LIG, MIG, HIG, Janta flats and one-room apartments. The 22,627 one-bedroom apartments are a major draw for people this year. The DDA claims they received over 10 lakh applications for it.
Even so, officials admitted that the response to the scheme was “lukewarm”.
“We sold a lot of brochures, but the response wasn’t as overwhelming as we have expected. This could be because of the five-year lock-in period for the ownership of the flats we introduced this year.”