‘SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS’
Many DDA flat owners find the conversion process timeconsuming and allege harassment by officials
he Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA’s) move to allow leasehold-to-freehold conversion of property bought on general power of attorney (GPA)/agreement of sale (ATS) has come as a welcome relief to lakhs of home owners in the Capital. Many, however, still find themselves left out.
For 62-year-old Suraj Bajaj (name changed to protect identity), this means an end to his countless rounds of the DDA office to get his south Delhi apartment converted to freehold. He had bought it
Despite assurances by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) that it will get conversion of property done in 45 days if applicants have the proper documents ready, people have been complaining of delays and harassment.
Amit Anand (name changed), an insurance agent, bought a DDA flat in a posh colony in 2006 and applied for conversion in 2012. “Within a month I started getting letters from DDA stating that some documents giving details of the chain of ownership were missing. Though I had submitted these documents, I had to give them once again. Now, surprisingly, I have received two more letters from DDA asking for the same documents. Isn’t that harassment?” he asks. Another flat owner who now lives in Kolkata has been asked to deposit proof of possession of his flat in Sarita Vihar. “I can only give my telephone bill to support my claim of being the owner as my voter ID, passport and driving licence now have my Kolkata address,” he says.
Applications of those who are unable to maintain a proper chain of documents of property ownership are also on hold. PK Gupta is one of them. “In 1994, the original allottee sold the property through ATS (agreement of sale) to one person and executed a GPA (general power of attorney) in favour of another. The two should have executed the GPA and ATS in favour of the third buyer to make him the owner of the property, but this was not done. Now I am the sixth GPA-holder without an ATS – a document that DDA wants now,” he says.
DDA officials dismissed all these allegations of delay and harassment saying it was the applicants’ fault as they had not furnished the requisite documents.
“Only those cases are pending in which the applicants haven’t provided proper documents. Some applicants don’t have the proper chain of GPA, ATS and will, while many are unable to furnish proof of possession. We don’t take more than 45 days for leasehold-tofreehold conversion in cases where all documents are in place,” says Neemo Dhar, DDA spokesperson.