DDA Janta Flat owners told to repair or raze ‘dangerous’ buildings – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The residents of Delhi Development Authority Janta Flats in Paschim Vihar have been issued notices by North Delhi Municipal Corporation stating that the buildings they are living in are in a dangerous condition and need urgent repairs. The notices further state that either retrofitting should be carried out or the buildings should be demolished.

However, the residents complained that a few flats owned by government departments on the ground floor were lying vacant for the past 20 years and they were being indirectly penalised.

Subarno Mukherjee, who purchased his flat around four years ago, said DDA originally allotted the properties around 32 years ago. “There are 30 flats in this row out of which 16 are occupied and 14 have been lying vacant from a long time. These empty flats on the ground floor are owned by government departments. A dispensary used to run from these premises. No maintenance was done and we are indirectly being held responsible for properties that do not belong to us,” he added.

The notices were issued in the first half of June. “Our flats are repaired regularly. The pillars of the buildings are on the ground floor. We are being asked to carry out a structural audit. Even if we agree to help in the repairs, how can we break into the locked flats?” asked Mukherjee.

One such notice issued by an assistant engineer mentioned that the buildings could be hazardous for residents as well as passersby and the owners should either demolish or retrofit the structures in the next 15 days. “Please note that if the directions are not acted upon in this time period, then as per the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957, we will act without any warning,” it added.

Rajinder Pal, another resident, said they received a notice on June 12. They gave a representation that they were carrying out repairs at regular intervals. “We have been asking the municipal engineers about the owners of the locked flats on the ground floor, but have received no replies. A Delhi government dispensary used to be run from this place. How do we get the structure of these flats checked? How is it our responsibility?” he asked.

A senior municipal official said that dangerous buildings were identified during the annual surveys so that there was no damage to property or risk to the lives of people living there.

“Structural safety audits are being sought on the orders of the Delhi high court with regard to earthquakes and seismic stability of high-risk buildings,” added the official.



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DDA extends last date for payment of cost of flats under 2019 housing scheme – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Tuesday said it has extended the last date for payment of cost of flats under 2019 Housing Scheme to September 30, subject to certain conditions. This extension will be applicable to all the allottees irrespective of the fact whether they have made any payment or not, officials said.

The last date of depositing demanded amount (cost of flat) for the allottees of Housing Scheme 2019 (with interest) has been extended up to September 30, subject to payment 10 per cent interest on the cost from November 11, 2020 to December 31, 2020 and 14 per cent penal interest for the remaining period i.e., from January 1- September 30, 2021, the DDA said in a statement.

On July 24, the DDA had extended the last date for making interest-free payment of cost of flats, by allottees of 2021 Housing Scheme to August 31 in view of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The allottees of Dwarka Sector 16-B flats, however, would not come under its ambit, officials had earlier said.



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North Delhi civic body plans group housing project near Town Hall – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: North Delhi Municipal Corporation will soon finalise the redevelopment scheme for the Walled City special areas. As a model project, a group housing residential redevelopment project on 3,000 sqm has been proposed behind Town Hall near Dangal Maidan.

Officials say that MPD 2021 had provisions for redevelopment of the Walled City and the current proposal was pushed by lieutenant governor after the Anaj Mandi fire.

“The draft for redevelopment scheme has been prepared with the help of a consultant after extensive discussions with elected representatives, residents and other stakeholders. The final project proposal will be placed before the standing committee for clearance on Tuesday,” a north corporation official said.

“MPD 2021 had the provision of a special area redevelopment plan in which the corporation was supposed to start allowing amalgamation of plots to minimum of 3,000 sqm for their redevelopment as a complex to reduce congestion and fire hazard, but the plan could never materialise. It was taken up after the Anaj Mandi fire tragedy. In a recent meeting, the LG asked us to set up a pilot for this project,” the official stated.

The corporation plans to carry out e-auction of land on a 99-year lease basis and the minimum reserve price has been fixed at Rs 22 crore. The time for erection of the new complex has been fixed at 3 years.

“The site is in the heart of central Delhi and connected to SP Mukherjee Marg. The total area of the municipal corporation’s property is around 1,100sqm, which includes the DUSIB office, dhalao and urinal block. The adjoining property of a power discom has an area of 1,776 sqm. To meet the requirement of minimum 3000sqm area, the nearby road and Sushila Mohan Park may also be incorporated into the plan,” the official explained, adding that “the greenery of Sushila Mohan Park will be maintained.”

The civic body plans to incentivise the participation of the power discom by offering higher FAR on the plot. The proposed site area is 3,478 sqm, while the redeveloped property will have a covered floor area of 6,548 sqm, the official said.

The proposed new structure has a multi-storey building with commercial units on ground floor, community facilities on first floor and basement parking, a report prepared by the town planning department states. “The parking facility will be able to accommodate 73 vehicles for commercial and residential units, which will reduce congestion in the area. The redevelopment will create more office space while reducing fire hazard,” the official added.

The town planning department has also prepared a proposal for a model commercial complex at Peeli Kothi. However, that will be put forth for discussion in the standing committee meeting later. “In the commercial complex, Delhi Jal Board will also be a stakeholder,” stated another north corporation official.



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DDA extends last date for interest-free payment of cost of flats to Aug 31 – ET RealEstate

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NEW DELHI: The DDA has extended the last date for making interest-free payment of cost of flats by allottees of 2021 Housing Scheme to August 31 in view of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Saturday.

The allottees of Dwarka Sector 16-B flats, however, will not come under its ambit, they said.

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

The last date of payment of cost of flat (interest free) was June 29, except for the allottees of Dwarka Sector 16-B, officials said.

After having considered situation due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the competent authority has now decided to extend the last date to August 31 for making payment of cost of flats (interest free), they said.

The extension of last date is, however, subject to the condition that the payment of demanded amount is made within this extended period, otherwise benefit of extension will not be admissible to the allottees, the DDA said.

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 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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