According to senior officials at the DDA (Delhi Development Authority), around 5, 000 applications have already been received for a new housing scheme and they believe that demonetization may be a big reason behind the lower number of applications till now.
The 2017 Housing Scheme offers 12, 000 apartments across four income categories and was launched on the 30th of June, 2017. The last date for submission of applications is the 11th of August, 2017. According to the Principal Commissioner (Housing) at the DDA, J P Agarwal, a meeting was held with the partner banks and although the total details have not been received across different segments, approximately 5, 000 applications have come in till now. He added that the DDA will strive to address all related issues like transportation and water supply as part of this new housing scheme.
He stated that a few areas like Rohini and Narela do have connectivity problems while some of the flats need to be repaired. However, prior to allotting the apartments, the DDA will make them ready to move in according to him. He also stated that the Delhi Jal Board has committed smooth water supply in all areas within the next 6 months. Agarwal also talked of how letters have been dispatched to the DTC authorities and Delhi Metro, asking for transportation infrastructure in these zones.
The draw of the lots is expected to be held in the first week of November, 2017 and this may be streamed online as well. 50, 000 forms have already been sold which is a low number according to Agarwal but the DDA has adopted a wait and watch policy at present. The apartments are located across Dwarka, Rohini, Vasant Kunj, Narela, Pitampura, Jasola, Siraspur and Paschim Vihar. Out of these 12, 000 apartments, around 10, 000 flats are unoccupied ones from the housing scheme announced in the year 2014 while around 2, 000 flats have been lying vacant. The prices of these apartments range between Rs.7 lakhs and Rs.1.26 crore. The DDA wants only genuine applications according to Agarwal in order to keep market speculation at bay.
He also talked of how the date of the draw may be extended in case less than 12, 000 applications are received. It all depends on the final number according to him. He also talked of how a draw may also be held for the MIG and HIG categories where 2-3,000 applications have already been received and the LIG segment draw could be postponed. However, this decision will be taken once the deadline (11th August, 2017) nears and nothing is finalized as of yet according to Agarwal. The HIG (High Income Group) has 87 apartments priced between Rs.53.52-126.81 lakhs and the MIG (Middle-Income Group) has 404 apartments priced between Rs.31.32-93.95 lakhs. The 11, 197 LIG/1-bedroom flats are priced between Rs.14.50-30.30 lakhs while the 384 Janta flats are priced between Rs.7.07-12.76 lakhs.
The registration fee will be Rs.1 lakh for the LIG category. Rs.2 lakh will be the registration fee for the MIG and HIG categories. The 2014 scheme offered 25, 040 apartments in multiple categories with prices ranging between Rs.7 lakh and Rs.1.2 crore on an average. The online response was huge and the official website of the DDA crashed right after the launch of the scheme. The 1 bedroom flats were offered in Rohini, Siraspur, Dwarka and Narela among other localities.