According to JDA records, there are 134 colonies approved or developed by it after 2013. In these colonies , nearly 38,000 plots have been developed including Economic Weaker Section (EWS) and Lower Income Group (LIG). However, even after 7 years, most of the colonies wear a deserted look in the absence of facilities.
Waqim Khan, who purchased a plot in Deendayal Nagar zone-12, feels cheated as even after eight years, the JDA has not even demarcated the roads after receiving the entire amount.
He said, “There is no demarcation on the ground. It is difficult to identify the location of my own plots. In such a scenario, the buyers can neither sell or construct houses on the plots. After lottery was drawn, successful allottees deposited the money on time. However, on the ground, there is zero development.”
Sudha Kumawat, who is facing a similar plight after purchasing a plot in same colony said, “We have submitted several applications at JDA for carrying out demarcation and constructing the roads at least to reach our plots. But, our plea remain unheard till date.”
Due to absence of electricity and water, habitation in these colonies appears to be a distant dream.
In the past, the JDA launched many housing schemes to fill its coffers. However, this money has not been spent on developing these colonies.
Since these schemes were promoted by the JDA, many bought land even though the reserve price of some bigger plots was higher in comparison to the market price. Many also ignored the fact that these colonies were situated places faraway from the city.
An official source said the JDA can only start colonies in far-flung areas after seeking no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the water and electricity departments. “Both these departments have locked horns with JDA over the development charge issue. Also, these departments claim the colonies are faraway and it is not feasible to provide water or electricity as huge capital is required to develop infrastructure,” the official said.