The Asian Age

DDA site crashes as scheme launched

Web­site re­ceived over 5 lakh hits after scheme launch 5- year lock- in pe­riod for own­er­ship of flats

- NISHTHA GROVER

The Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity web­site crashed within hours of the agency launch­ing its big­gest hous­ing scheme, of­fer­ing over 25,000 flats, on Mon­day. The DDA web­site has ei­ther been too slow or com­pletely in­ac­ces­si­ble for users since the hous­ing scheme was launched on Mon­day morn­ing.

“Soon after the launch, we re­ceived over 5 lakh hits on our of­fi­cial web­site, fol­low­ing which it crashed. Ef­forts are on to re­store the ser­vice,” a se­nior DDA of­fi­cial said.

The er­ror mes­sages that the users got when they vis­ited the web­site were, “Server is too busy” or “This web­page is not avail­able.” At times, the site opened, but the brochure de­tail­ing the scheme could not be down­loaded.

The DDA launched its much- awaited Hous­ing Scheme 2014 at the Vikas Sadan, its head­quar­ters, as lo­cals and peo­ple from neigh­bour­ing states stood in long queues to buy the ap­pli­ca­tion forms.

An­nounc­ing the launch of the big­gest scheme, DDA vice-chair­per­son Balvin­der Kumar said, “The DDA Hous­ing Scheme 2014 is now of­fi­cially open. We are of­fer­ing 25,034 flats in the scheme, out of which 22,627 are onebed room apart­ments. Among oth­ers, are 896 flats con­structed after 2010, with green tech­nol­ogy.”

The hous­ing scheme of­fers flats rang­ing from ` 7 lakh to ` 1.2 crore across cat­e­gories — EWS, LIG, MIG, HIG, Janta flats and one- room apart­ments.

Out of 896 newly- built flats, 512 are MIG flats and 384 Janta flats, lo­cated in Mukher­jee Na­gar, Narela, Ro­hini and Kalyan Vi­har ar­eas. The MIG flats would range from ` 41.30 lakh and ` 69.90 lakh and the Janta flats would cost a lit­tle over ` 10 lakh.

“Nearly 20 lakh ap­pli-

Of­fer opened on Mon­day and closes on Oc­to­ber 9. Draw likely to be held in Oc­to­ber. Flats will be handed over by March 2015.

Any In­dian cit­i­zen above 18 years can ap­ply

90% of flats ( 22,600) are onebe­d­room apart­ments lo­cated in prime ar­eas such as Vas­ant Kunj, Dwarka and Ro­hini

cants are es­ti­mated to ap­ply for this scheme and there­fore we have printed about 15 lakh forms and brochures so far. but, if needed, we can print more. We have also em­pan­elled 13 banks, who will as­sist the ap­pli­cants,” Mr Kumar said.

The ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the hous­ing scheme can also be bought from des­ig­nated branches of 13 banks — Ko­tak Mahin­dra Bank, Axis Bank, State Bank of In­dia, Pun­jab Na­tional Bank, Syn­di­cate Bank, In­duslnd Bank, Union Bank of In­dia, IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, HDFC Bank, Cor­po­ra­tion Bank and Cen­tral Bank of In­dia. Another way to ac­cess the brochure is to visit the web­sites of th­ese 13 banks, which have been au­tho­rised by the DDA to ac­cept on­line ap­pli­ca­tions.

Th­ese banks have also been au­tho­rised by the DDA to ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tion forms. On­line ap­pli­cants can pay the reg­is­tra­tion money of ` 1 lakh through NEFT, RTGS or Net bank­ing, the DDA said.

The last date of de­posit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions is Oc­to­ber 9. The draw will be held within 15 to 20 days after Oc­to­ber 9 and pos­ses­sion will be given lat­est by March 2015. Although the DDA schemes lead to a fair amount of ex­cite­ment, this time around how­ever, the ex­cite­ment is miss­ing. That’s be­cause the DDA has for the first time in­tro­duced a five- year lock- in pe­riod for own­er­ship of flats. The DDA will not ex­e­cute the con­veyance deed with flat buy­ers for five years. In sim­ple terms, the agency will not trans­fer rights to own the prop­erty for five years. So, those who are lucky enough to get a flat in the up­com­ing scheme will be able to live in the flat or rent it out, but will not have sell­ing rights for five years. The new rule is a damp­ener for bro­kers and in­vestors, whose sole mo­tive to buy a DDA flat was to earn quick prof­its.

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