FREE­HOLD AT LAST, BUT...

While the gov­ern­ment’s move to lib­er­alise the con­ver­sion scheme of DDA flats is wel­come, it does not re­dress many home owners’ prob­lems

HT Estates - - NEWS - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

Tthrough GPA, ATS and will in 2009. The flat had changed hands a few times through GPA, ATS and will since it was al­lot­ted in 1994 by DDA till Ba­jaj bought it in 2009. Since only the orig­i­nal owner could ap­ply for con­ver­sion, Ba­jaj’s ap­pli­ca­tion was kept pend­ing when he ap­plied for it in 2010. “Ac­cord­ing to DDA, from 1992 on­wards, it had al­lot­ted flats on free­hold ba­sis to home­buy­ers, many of whom sold th­ese on GPA and ATS with­out get­ting a con­veyance deed from DDA. Those who bought the flats, there­fore, were not el­i­gi­ble for con­ver­sion. But now, with the new rules, thou­sands of GPAhold­ers like me can get their flats con­verted from lease­hold to free­hold,” says Ba­jaj.

In July 2012, HT Es­tates had ap­prised Union ur­ban de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Ka­mal Nath of the plight of the home owners who could not get the con­ver­sions done. Doc­u­ments, RTI replies, and sev­eral emails were pre­sented to the min­is­ter, who then promised to look into the prob­lem and take ap­pro­pri­ate steps.

The new pol­icy, how­ever, does not ad­dress the prob­lems of an­other lot of home­buy­ers who ei­ther bought prop­er­ties through GPA sale af­ter Oc­to­ber 11, 2011, or are un­able to ful­fil some mi­nor doc­u­men­tary re­quire­ments.

On Oc­to­ber 11, 2011, the Supreme Court in the case of Su­raj Lamp vs the State of Haryana had banned the sale

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