Irked over the inordinate delay and unacceptable explanations, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman to personally appear before it and give reasons as to why the authority had failed to hand over developed plots to allottees of the 1981 Rohini residential scheme.
The Bench led by Justice J S Khehar summoned the vice-chairman after it was informed by the DDA counsel that they would not be able to meet the March 31, 2015 deadline in handing over the developed plots to the allottees.
Further, the allottees complained that the DDA was asking them to pay the money at the current rates for allotment of the plots.
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“You (DDA) first make them wait 34 years for the plots and then you ask them to pay at the current rates. How can you do this? You are at fault and not them. You cannot arm-twist them (allottees) now for your own fault. You have to give it at the rate you specified initially,” the Bench said.
The DDA argued that it failed to meet the deadline due to factors such as the Delhi elections, untimely rains and the extremely cold weather.
It sought yet another extension of the deadline to enable it hand over the fully developed plots to around 11,000 applicants.
This contention failed to cut ice with the Bench, which had made it clear during the last hearing that the DDA’s vice-chairman, its chief engineer and other officials concerned shall be summoned if they failed to meet the deadline.
In 1981, the DDA had invited applications to allot fully developed plots — measuring between 26 square metres and and 90 sq metres — to people from economically-weaker sections (EWS), lower-income group (LIG) and middle-income group (MIG). Plots have to be allotted to 25,366 people.
In March 2012, the Delhi High Court had ordered the DDA to complete the process of granting possession within three months. The DDA issued allotment letters but allottees were not issued demand letters as the agency said it was yet to develop these plots.
Subsequently, the Supreme Court took strong objection to the DDA’s laxity and fixed a timeframe for it to develop and allot the plots to all the eligible allottees.