Delhi: Norms for alterations, additions to DDA flats streamlined – ET RealEstate

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NEW DELHI: In a decision that is likely to benefit lakhs of people living in DDA flats, the policy and procedures for regularisation of additions and alterations have been amended and streamlined.

DDA has also clarified that all residents have right to access terraces and common staircases and these are not for the exclusive use of any individual owner or group of owners.

“While the policy& procedures already exist, amendments and clarity were needed on some issues,” said an official.

DDA clarified that common areas, including terrace and common staircase extended to the terrace of an apartment block, shall remain common to all residents or owners of the block and cannot be used by any particular resident or owner or group of residents or owners exclusively.

“Water tanks and many common services are located on terraces, but in some places people on the top floors restrict access by making them exclusively their own. Also, in many old DDA flats, one needs to enter the topmost flat to access the stairs leading to the terrace. This leads to altercations sometimes as for other residents, accessing the terrace means taking permission from top floor residents,” said the official.

The official added, “Now, it will be ensured that everyone has equal access to these services and if staircases have to be accessed through someone’s flat, another access will be allowed to be created. These are very small things, but matter a lot for harmonious and co-existential living. We are streamlining the processes and adding new provisions.”

“We have also allowed covered verandahs and balconies and these can be legalised by payment of charges. For other alterations and additions, flat owners can submit the plan and get them authorised after paying charges. The amended policy touches very basic but important things, like installation of split airconditioner units. We have tried to make it public-friendly,” the official said.

The policy and procedures were formulated in 2007, but regular complaints from allottees were being received by DDA and the municipal corporations regarding interpretation of provisions, leading to disputes and court cases, a DDA spokesperson said. Under the policy, installation of solar panels for domestic use would be allowed. Requests for allowing installation of charging points for electric vehicles would be examined separately.



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DDA conducts draw of lots for surrendered flats – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The DDA held a draw on Wednesday for 689 flats, under the 2021 Housing Scheme, surrendered by allottees, with a meagre 79 waitlisted applicants being allotted units from this lot, officials said.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on March 10 had allotted 1,353 flats to people under the housing scheme through a draw of lots, streamed online.

Out of these, 689 flats were surrendered by allottees, nearly 50 per cent of the total inventory under the scheme, with COVID-19 and other factors being attributed by officials for such a larger number of flats being given up.

The DDA successfully conducted draw of waitlisted applicants for its Housing Scheme 2021 on Wednesday. A total of 689 flats were included in the draw of lots and 130 waitlisted applicants, who had submitted the registration money, were considered. Seventy-nine of the 130 applicants were allotted flats according to their preference filled in the application form, the officials said.

People surrender flats due to many constraints like not getting the preferred floor, civic facilities, accessibility from main city, last-mile connectivity and transportation and safety issues.

“Covid has really hit people financially, and it is possible that it could be one factor behind so many people surrendering allotted flats. But, it’s always a mix of factors,” a senior official said.

Sources said the unused flats could go into the inventory of the future housing scheme.

The 2021 Housing Scheme was launched on January 2. Applications were accepted till February 16, with 1,354 flats on offer. These flats under various categories are located in Dwarka, Jasola, Manglapuri, Vasant Kunj and Rohini.

Of the over 1,350 flats, the costliest ones wre worth Rs 2.14 crore in the high-income group (HIG) category.

The maximum number of 757 flats were offered in the middle-income group (MIG) category.

Out of the 79 flats allotted on Wednesday, the units were largely in the categories of LIG and MIG. Some EWS flats and a HIG flat in Paschim Puri were allotted.

Rohini, Dwarka and Vasant Kunj were among other areas where flats were allotted by the DDA.

The draw of lots was based on random number generation system and held in the presence of independent observers comprising a retired judge and a senior officer of the Government of India, the DDA said.

The general public could view the live telecast of the draw online through webex platform, the officials said.

The last DDA housing scheme was launched in March 2019, offering nearly 18,000 flats under four categories — 488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS).



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DDA to conduct draw for over 600 flats for waitlisted applicants of 2021 Housing Scheme – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The DDA will hold a draw of lots on August 25 for about 600 flats for waitlisted applicants of its 2021 Housing Scheme, officials said on Tuesday.

These housing units are from the inventory left over after surrender of flats from the scheme by several allottees. The DDA however, did not disclose the price range of these flats.

A senior official said that about 600 flats will be part of this draw of lots.

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on March 10 had allotted 1,353 flats to people under the housing scheme through a draw of lots, streamed online.

The 2021 Housing Scheme was launched on January 2. Applications were accepted till February 16, with 1,354 flats on offer. These flats under various categories are located in Dwarka, Jasola, Manglapuri, Vasant Kunj and Rohini.

Of the over 1,350 flats, the costliest ones are worth Rs 2.14 crore in the high-income group (HIG) category.

The maximum number of 757 flats were offered in the middle-income group (MIG) category.

The DDA has decided to conduct a draw for allotment of flats to waitlisted applicants under the Housing Scheme 2021 on August 25, slated at 3 PM onwards, officials said.

The draw of lots will be based on random number generation system and will be held in the presence of independent observers comprising, a retired judge and a senior officer of the government of India, the DDA said.

The general public can view the live telecast of the draw on through webex platform, official said.

People surrender flats due to many constraints like civic facilities, accessibility from main city, last-mile connectivity and transportation and safety issues.

The last DDA housing scheme was launched in March 2019, offering nearly 18,000 flats under four categories — 488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS).



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Delhi: Kamla Nagar traders urge DDA to mark area as commercial – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Traders of Kamla Nagar are trying to persuade Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to change the status of the area from a “rehabilitation colony” to “commercial” after modifying it in its draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041.

The traders argued that the civic body had developed a huge mall at a park located in the middle of the market after getting its land use changed and later it also got the land use of bungalows on Bungalow Road changed for developing commercial complexes.

In the given circumstances, “when everything has been commercialised”, they too should be allowed to get the benefit by changing the land use of the main market, which was established in the 1950s, said the traders in a letter sent to DDA. They are seeking a meeting with DDA officials on this issue.

“In the draft Master Plan 2041, our area has been specified in the list of rehabilitation colonies while no other mention has been done. We are requesting the agency to change the land use of main roads from mixed to commercial category as the majority of them are fully commercialised. We have copies of notices issued by the civic body for not using the property on various roads such as Kamla Nehru Marg for residential purposes as these are commercial ones. North Delhi Municipal Corporation has already changed the land use of various properties to develop commercial complexes in the area,” said president of Kamla Nagar Traders Association Nitin Gupta.

Traders have also stated that the area which falls under the list of rehabilitation colonies under MPD 1962 should be exempted from conversion and parking charges.

In a notification issued by DDA in June 2018 it was stated that areas developed prior to 1962 like Lajpat Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Tilak Nagar, Kamla Nagar or such other colonies which existed prior to MPD-1962 but were not included in the master plan (subject to documentary proof) having concentration of commercial activities, may continue subject to conditions prescribed under the mixed use regulations. The amendments also include having a uniform floor area ratio (FAR) for shop-cum-residence plots and complexes, at par with residential plots. “Now that the ground situation has been changed, we want DDA to give permission for declaring certain roads fully commercial,” said Gupta.



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