Soon,convert flats to freehold online

Property owners will soon be able to convert their plots from leasehold to freehold on the Delhi Development Authority’s website.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 1:47:41 am

Property owners will soon be able to convert their plots from leasehold to freehold on the Delhi Development Authority’s website. Sources at the Urban Development Ministry said the service would be inaugurated on Friday by UD Minister Kamal Nath.

Freehold is a way to transfer the ownership of the property from a government authority to a private person.

“The entire process is likely to take 45 days. A person will apply online to initiate the process of conversion. DDA will then respond through email if any documents submitted online are invalid or missing. In case all documents are fine,the applicant can make payments online. The entire process has been divided with timeframes set for each step. All documents will also be digitised to ensure proper maintenance of records,’’ an official said.

DDA vice-chairman Sanjay Kumar Shrivastava,who took charge earlier this month,had announced that the process of conversion from leasehold to freehold would be available online soon.

“Through this software,any person will be able to apply online for conversion from anywhere in the world. The applicant will also be able to track the status of his request and complete formalities through email,’’ a DDA official said.

Around 7,000 to 15,000 people visit DDA every day for public hearings,majority of them trying to pursue their cases for conversion from leasehold to freehold.

Shrivastava had said this online service would help many people who visit DDA offices daily.

“People have to make numerous visits to DDA offices to follow-up on conversion of their flats. Some people have been trying to get their flats converted into freehold for years now. The online process will help streamline the system and ensure that it is more transparent,’’ said a DDA official.

In 2011,the land agency had admitted that a large number of grievances from public pertain to cases of conversion from leasehold to freehold and said the process was under review.

DDA had then assigned new time schedules to expedite each component by the department concerned. The time allotted for the completion of the process was then reduced from 90 to 45 working days.

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