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

HT Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Van­dana Ram­nani

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.

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