The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday provided relief to thousands of residents of Karol Bagh, Daryaganj and Paharganj — whose leases had expired and could not be converted to freehold — by approving a proposal for implementation of freehold policy uniformly.
“A proposal has been approved for uniform implementation of freehold policy in all such cases, where the term leases have expired after payment of pro-rata premium,” an official said.
Moreover, it also approved a scheme to provide partial relief on outstanding penalty charges. “In order to provide relief to allottees, who could not make payment of monthly instalments on regular basis, a fresh penalty relief scheme has been approved by the authority. Under this scheme, the relief in penalty to the extent of 25 per cent will be available to applicants, who intend to clear outstanding dues such as interest, ground rent, etc., in one go. The scheme will be operative for six months from the date of announcement,” an official said.
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Many cases of conversion from leasehold to freehold have also been pending for years owing to heavy misuse charges, which, at times, exceeded the cost of the plot or flat.
“In order to provide relief to such allottees and to facilitate conversion of the properties to freehold, a relief scheme has been approved by the authority. The policy on misuse charges was reviewed in view of various court cases. It was decided that a one-time relief scheme may be launched, wherein the maximum period for levying misuse charges will be restricted to five years from the date of detection of misuse. This will help people seeking conversion to pay misuse charges and get their properties converted speedily,” an official said.