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DDA housing plan: L-G Baijal says set deadline for 1981 Rohini scheme
Hindustan Times  |  March 20, 2017

Vishal Kant

Raising hopes of hundreds of city residents, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to give a final deadline for allotment of developed plots to about 14,000 allotees in Rohini under the 1981 housing scheme.


While 11000 allotees were given allotment letters under the scheme in 2015 following court intervention, about 14000 allottees, for whom the Supreme Court had set July 2016 as final deadline, are still waiting to get possession of their land for over 35 years after the scheme was launched by the agency.


Sources in the L-G office said in a meeting of DDA’s housing and engineering department held recently, Baijal directed the officials to come up with a clear roadmap within a fortnight. The department is expected to submit the plan later this week.


“The officials have been directed to provide not only the date by which the plots will be allotted to the owners, but are also expected to give a detailed timeline for the services that will be provided at the settlement such as arrangement of roads, sewers etc,” a senior official said.


In 1981, the DDA had invited applications to allot fully developed plots measuring between 26 square metre and 90 square metre to people from economically weaker section (EWS), lower income group (LIG) and middle income group (MIG). A total of 25,366 people had to be allotted plots.


The DDA, however, failed to allot plots for years and the matter ultimately reached court.


The Supreme Court, in March 2015, had directed the DDA to issue final allotment letters to 11,000 allottees by September 2015 after completing the work of external developments, which will include roads, sewage, water connection lines and temporary electric connections. These plots are in Sectors 28, 29, 30 and 34 in Rohini.


For the remaining about 14,000 allottees, the DDA was ordered to hand over developed plots by July 2016 in Sectors 34, 35, 36 and 37 in Rohini. The DDA, however, had submitted an affidavit before the court informing its inability to provide plots immediately saying it could take 5-6 years in wrapping up the scheme, officials said.