Putting an end to their more than 33-year wait, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to allot developed plots to more than 600 allottees of the 1981 Rohini Residential Scheme within four months.
The court order came close on the heels of the DDA planning to roll out the largest-ever housing scheme by July-end, offering over 26,000 flats across various categories.
A bench led by Justice H L Dattu said successful allottees could not be made to suffer more on account of the DDA’s inability, on one pretext or another, to allot plots to them in accordance with a scheme floated over three decades ago.
“In our view, you (DDA) have already delayed it for far too long. You will have to allot them the plots now… we direct the DDA to issue the letters of allotment of the successful allottees for the developed plots in four months from today,” the bench said.
The court made it clear to the land-owning agency that the plots have to be developed ones, which means they must have the basic amenities such as roads, electricity and water.
Earlier, the DDA counsel agreed there had been delay in acquiring land for allotment since some of the land was categorised as agricultural land.
Countering the averment, advocate Prashant Bhushan, counsel for petitioner Rahul Gupta, who was one of the applicants as well, said the DDA had acquired the land for allotment but it later gave it to commercial entities while keeping the allottees on tenterhooks.
He said the DDA had also made a false statement in court when it claimed that the land acquired for the purpose was unencumbered and there are no impediments in developing the land and handing over possession to registrants. Bhushan said not only were there a lot of litigation on the land, but the plots that had been allotted also were underdeveloped and undersised.
At this, the bench said the DDA must within four months do whatever is required to allot developed plots to all the successful allottees.
On the last date of hearing, the court had taken objection to DDA’s attitude. “You have taken the initial deposit in 1981 for the plot and now 33 years have passed. This cannot go on like this. Please understand the gravity of the situation as several allottees are waiting with hope. You cannot say that you are not in a position to allot the plots. You must show them alternative plots. If they agree, it is well and good. Otherwise, we will hear them and pass orders,” it had said.