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DDA to guide, show flats to prospective buyers

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The Hindu         17.07.2017  

DDA to guide, show flats to prospective buyers

Agency has deputed representatives at various project sites to inform visitors about facilities on offer

Seeking to facilitate visits by prospective buyers to the flats that are on offer in the new housing scheme, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has deputed dedicated representatives at various project sites to guide visitors.

The DDA 2017 housing scheme, which was rolled out on June 30 by Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, offers 12,000 flats across four income categories: High Income Group (HIG), Middle Income Group (MIG), Low Income Group (LIG)/one-bedroom, and Janta flats.

Spread across the city

The flats are spread across Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj, Jasola, Pitampura, Paschim Vihar and Siraspur.

“Prospective buyers can visit the flats. They can come and have a look at the facilities. And to facilitate their visits, we have deputed representatives at various flat sites, who will guide people interested in applying for the scheme,” a senior DDA official said.

Of the 12,000 flats, around 10,000 unoccupied flats are from the 2014 scheme, while 2,000 flats have been lying vacant.

The DDA’s move is apparently to make people comfortable about the features of the flats and the facilities being offered.

The draw of lots is slated to be conducted in the first week of November and it will be streamed online.

August 11 last day to apply

The last date for submitting applications is August 11.

The price of flats range from Rs. 7 lakh to over Rs. 1.26 crore.

For the LIG category, the registration fee is Rs. 1 lakh. For MIG and HIG flats, Rs. 2 lakh will be charged.

“People are free to visit the areas where the flats are being offered. We have also removed the lock-in period clause, as we realised this was also a factor in buyers surrendering flats. This is also to keep a check on those elements who do market speculation,” the official said.

The application form costing Rs. 200 can be purchased from various partnering banks or Vikas Sadan.


Pay heavy fine for returning DDA flats

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The Times of India      22.05.2017

Pay heavy fine for returning DDA flats

| | May 22, 2017, 09.17 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to levy a penalty, ranging from 25-100% of the earnest money, to ensure only serious buyers apply for its new housing scheme that is likely to be announced in mid-June.

Officials said the step was being taken to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2014 when 50% of the flats were returned by allottees. However, resident welfare associations are not happy with the land-owning agency's decision.

To apply for the housing scheme in which DDA will put up 13,500 flats on sale, people will have to pay Rs 1 lakh for LIG and Rs 2 lakh for MIG/HIG flats as earnest money. No penalty will be levied on the earnest money if an applicant withdraws before the date of the draw of lots. "But they will have to forfeit 25% of the amount if they surrender the flats within 90 days after the draw of lots," said J P Aggarwal, principal commissioner, land disposal and housing, DDA. If a person surrenders within three months of issue of the demand letter, then he/she will lose 50% of the earnest money. "After this, there would be no exemption. If a person fails to pay the money for the flat allotted to him/her, the entire earnest money will be forfeited," said Aggarwal.

In an attempt to attract serious buyers, DDA had decided to increase the earnest money for MIG and HIG flats to Rs 5 lakh. But it was reduced to Rs 2 lakh following protests by residents.
Resident welfare associations are opposing the penalty clause. Last year, Delhi Residents' Welfare Associations Joint Front, an umbrella body of RWAs under the Bhagidari scheme, had written to then LG Najeeb Jung in this regard. "This is not a valid clause. If a person has a legitimate reason, then why should he be made to pay a penalty?" said Pankaj Agarwal, general secretary of the organisation.

S B Singh, a member of Lajpat Nagar III RWA, said that DDA doesn't allow people to give floor-wise preference. "If an old couple is allotted a third floor in a building that doesn't have a lift, then why should they be made to pay a penalty when they don't want the flat? DDA only allows people to give preference for the location," said Singh.

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Explaining the reason behind this move, DDA officials said it is to discourage people who are not serious about buying the flats. "Our flats are much cheaper than market rates. We have given people the option to go and see the location of the project/flats before applying. This is just to ensure serious buyers apply," said a DDA official.

Of the 25,000 flats which were put up for sale in the 2014 housing scheme, 13,000 plus were returned by allottees citing reasons like small size of bedrooms and lack of infrastructure at the location, among others.

Delhi to get more land for housing

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The Hindu       18.05.2017  

Delhi to get more land for housing

Eighty-nine villages in the city have been declared “urban” by the Delhi government, in the first step towards land pooling that will eventually allow housing to come up in what was rural land so far.

As per a gazette notification issued on Tuesday, the Urban Development Department acted on the order of Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to convert 89 rural villages, 50 and 39 under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation respectively, to urban.

The decision had been pending for about two years as the Aam Aadmi Party government demanded that it be given 10% of the land for making schools and hospitals. Land in Delhi is controlled by the Lieutenant-Governor, and by extension the Centre.

A senior AAP government official said on Wednesday that the decision to convert the villages to urban areas had been taken without the consent of the elected representatives.

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