DELHI: Even as people allotted houses in DDA’s previous scheme are still waiting to take possession of their property, the agency on December 31 announced a new housing scheme “covering all the segments of society”.
The previous allottees had made full payment but cannot move in because DDA hasn’t obtained completion certificates and fire clearance for the new colonies. “I was lucky to have got a house in Vasant Kunj’s Yamuna Vihar block in the draw held in 2012. DDA’s allotment letter arrived 45 days late, leaving me with only 45 days to arrange an amount of Rs 92 lakh, but I did it believing I was luckier than those who would pay much more for the size and the location of the flat. However, I have been told that DDA has neither obtained the completion certificate nor the fire clearance,” said a flat owner on condition of anonymity.
Another owner said it’s been three years since he got the possession of his flat but the building still does not have firefighting equipment while water and electricity supply remain erratic.
A flat owner in Mukherjee Nagar is fighting it out with DDA in the high court. “I filed RTIs to support my case that DDA unjustly took full payment when the flats were not ready. Delhi Fire Service’s reply to my RTI in October 2013 made it clear that the DDA flats in Mukherjee Nagar were not safe to move in because they hadn’t got fire clearance. Construction was on when we moved in and it is continuing,” said Pradeep Kumar.
Kumar said the site did not have a signboard when his family moved in. “Postmen would deliver our letters at the Delhi University office. To an RTI query about the signboards in late 2013, DDA replied that it had just completed the process of disbursing funds for the signs.”
The lack of basic amenities also affects the lives of DDA allottees. “There is no community hall or parking. When we came here there wasn’t even a road. I was severely injured in an accident while travelling through potholes,” said Jagdish Ahuja, father of Neeraj Ahuja who bought a house in Mukherjee Nagar.
DDA will build 5,000-6,000 houses in its latest scheme, forms for which are expected in February.