Multiple complaints regarding the size of the flats allotted by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) being small and uninhabitable have been registered. This has led to the DDA exploring an unconventional option of constructing new one-bedroom apartments for the Lower Income Group (LIG) allottees of 2014 and 2017 housing scheme.
More than 22,000 LIG flats were allotted in 2014 and over 10,000 in 2017 by DDA in housing schemes. The allotted flats re majorly in Rohini, Dwarka, Siraspur and Narela.
A major chunk of the requests to increase the size of the homes were from people who received flats in the 2014 allottment scheme.
After receiving these complaints, DDA is now looking forward to creating bigger LIG flats in the very locations after taking the differential cost of the new flats. Another option that the DDA is likely o offer is merging the flats with adjacent ones, to make them bigger.
The alottees, on the contrary, said that they were handed over the homes meant for economically weaker sections (EWS), and this is the reason why the homes are smaller. They are also demanding bigger houses with no additional cost.
The DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor told TOI, “We are exploring different options.” He added that it is a misconception that EWS flats were provided at the cost of LIG ones, as DDA only charges actual construction cost and doesn’t go by prevalent market rate.
Varun Bathla, who was allotted a flat in Rohini Sector 35, said, “The bedroom of my flat is 7X9 feet, and after somehow fitting in a queen-size bed, I have no space for anything else.” He lives in the flat with his wife and two children and mentioned that he has kept folding chairs in his drawing room as the space is not enough for a sofa set.
“Earlier too, DDA had promised to extend the flats by five feet, but nothing happened. Now, it is saying if we are interested, it can explore the option of creating a new flat and give at differential construction cost. I have already paid Rs 17 lakh and DDA should give me a LIG house and not recover the extra cost,” he said.
DDA said that the newspapers had each and every detail about the plinth area and tentative cost. The scheme brochures too had all the information. DDA accounts are also subject to audits, and thus, have been reviewed by external audit parties from time to time, the authority said.