Many DDA flat own­ers find the con­ver­sion process time­con­sum­ing and al­lege ha­rass­ment by of­fi­cials

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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.

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