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
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