The draw of lots to select successful applicants for the housing scheme is slated for March 5.
The scheme, which was launched on January 2, saw DDA’s website getting nearly 10 lakh hits on the first day itself. The housing scheme offers 254 higher income group (HIG) flats, with prices ranging between Rs 69.6 lakh and Rs 2.1 crore, and 757 two-bedroom middle income group (MIG) flats priced between Rs 40.6 lakh and Rs 1.4 crore.
The number of one-bedroom flats is on the lower side with just 52 lower income group (LIG) flats on the plate, with price ranging between Rs 17.7 and Rs 35.5 lakh. Apart from this, 291 flats for people from economically weaker sections are also there.
Aspirants have time till February 16 to apply for the scheme. The draw of lots, scheduled for March 5, will be webcast.
A DDA official said that while a total of 15,361 applications have been received so far, 6,488 applicants have already made the final payment of the application fee. The land-development agency has received payment for 4,147 HIG and MIG flats, 872 LIG flats and 1,469 EWS flats.
The application fee is Rs 2 lakh for HIG and MIG flats, Rs 1 lakh for LIG flats and Rs 25,000 for EWS flats. Applicants who are unsuccessful in landing a flat at the draw of lots, are refunded the entire amount.
For its 2019 housing scheme, DDA had received around 45,000 applications for the nearly 18,000 flats on offer. However, a huge number of these flats were in the LIG category with the majority located in Narela. With many of these flats not finding any takers, DDA finally carried out a draw of lots for around 10,000 flats.
Keeping its previous experience in mind, the authority had decided to keep one-bedroom flats to a minimum and only around 140 flats of various categories in the scheme this time are old, unsold flats. “We have kept mostly two-bedroom and three-bedroom flats, as most people are applying for the HIG and MIG categories,” an official said. “The total number of applications might not seem too high at the moment when compared to our previous schemes but we know through experience that the rush of applications suddenly peaks a few days before the closing date,” he added.
The official claimed that the reason more applications have been received for HIG and MIG flats is because they are at prime locations, including those in Jasola, Dwarka, Vasant Kunj, etc, and are in close proximity to Delhi Metro corridors. “What has made this scheme more attractive for applicants is the construction quality, which is at par with the best private developers,” he said.
Of the total inventory of 1,354 units, 757 MIG category flats are located in Dwarka, Rohini, Vasant Kunj, Jahangirpuri and Madipur, while the 252 HIG units on offer are in Jasola, Vasant Kunj, Dwarka, Nasirpur, and Rohini.