5,000 DDA flats allotted through draw of lots

5,000 DDA flats allotted through draw of lots

New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Tuesday allotted over 5,000 flats through a draw of lots from a total of 5.67 lakh applicants, amid protests by some who demanded transparency in the process.

The draw of lots for 5,238 flats under the DDA’s Housing Scheme 2008 took place at its office at Vikas Sadan where a group of applicants shouted slogans demanding an open and transparent allotment mechanism.

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/Content/Videos/2008-12-17/1612 DDA pkg_MINT_TV.flv8f178f62-cb8a-11dd-b7ca-000b5dabf636.flvThe flats range between Rs7 lakh and Rs77 lakhs and are located at areas like Dwarka, Rohini and Vasant Kunj.

Total 5.67 lakh applicants had applied for the flats, which were 50% cheaper than the market rates.

At the end of the lottery, a DDA spokesman said the process was totally transparent as jury for the computerised draw of lots included senior bureaucrats, professors from IIT and media professionals.

However, a protester said despite promising complete transparency, the entire process was a closed door affair and that is why they were demanding an open system of draw of lots.

Security personnel were deployed in and around the DDA office after the protesters started shouting slogans.

“We were not allowed inside the building. That is really unfair. They held it very secretly," said Rohini resident Rajinder Singh, whose name was not among the lucky applicants.

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