Too small for comfort
Jubilation of DDA Housing Scheme 2014 allottees is short-lived as apartments turn out to be tinier than even standard store rooms
They had felt they were f or t une’s f avoured children when, from among lakhs of applicants, their names had been picked out in a draw of lots for the Delhi Development Authority’s Housing Scheme 2014. Sadly enough, the elation of some allottees has turned to disappointment. The reason? They have been allotted matchbox size flats that cannot even accommodate a kingsize bed properly.
Barely two months after the draw, this writer met up with many “disappointed” allottees queuing up at the DDA offices to surrender their apartments.
“I was shocked when I discovered the size of my apartment in Narela. It was smaller than even the store room I have in my rented flat in Rohini. Since it was impossible to fit my bed or any of my furniture in that pigeonhole, I decided to return the flat to DDA,” an allottee said.
When this writer visited two of the areas where the DDA apartments were located – Dwarka and Rohini – she found that the apartments barely covered 33 sq m (about 355 sq ft). A miniature toilet, a bath (just big enough for a person standing straight and still) and a kitchen – all in a row – led to a tiny bedroom with a small balcony.
More than 1,500 successful DDA scheme applicants have surrendered their apartments in Rohini, Sector 34, Narela and Dwarka, Sector 23-B. Almost 90% of the apartments offered in the scheme were single bedroom units of 30 sq m to 40 sq m, priced between ₹ 15 lakh to ₹ 19 lakh.