DDA fails to complete flats, flat owners protest

Showing dissent over the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which failed to complete DDA flats, flat owners held a protest recently in Mukherjee Nagar.
DDA flats incomplete, complain the flat owners

DDA flats incomplete, complain the flat owners.

Some flat owners, who had moved to ‘incomplete’ DDA flats in Mukherjee Nagar, held a protest against the Delhi Development Authority. They alleged that flats, which were developed under the 2010 housing scheme of DDA, have not yet been completed.

They remain fed up with the Delhi Development Authority which allegedly had not heeded the pleas of the flat owners.

The flat owners have been running from pillar to post with their pleas. However their repeated pleas remained unanswered by the authority officials. Despite their repeated pleas, DDA remained undisturbed till they conducted a protest recently.

Flat owners alleged that the DDA Officials have not yet taken any action to complete the flats. The accusers added that the authority has failed miserably to console the grieving flat owners. Continue reading

Focusing affordable housing, DDA Budget 2013-14 passed

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has recently passed its budget for the year 2013-14. The main thrust of the DDA budget is affordable housing and the preservation of green areas.
Affordable housing sector is the main focus of DDA Budget 2013-14.

Affordable housing sector is the main focus of DDA Budget 2013-14.

In a meeting held on Tuesday, Delhi Development Authority passed its DDA budget for the year 2013-14. The budget is passed with a special focus on affordable houses. Besides the focus on the affordable houses, the budget includes special provision for the maintenance of green areas in the city.

Low-income housing or affordable houses will be boosted. However the development authority plans to develop the affordable houses in the outskirts of the city. Infrastructure projects also are likely to be boosted by the newly launched DDA budget.

DDA chairman Tejinder Khanna said that a chart will be prepared before the next meeting of the authority. The chart will include each project’s timeline and expected date of completion.

Once the chart is prepared, it will be easier for DDA to monitor the development of all projects and its delay. This will help the Authority accelerate the slow moving projects in the city. Continue reading

HC Asks DDA To Probe into the Illegality of Plot-Deals

Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is asked by the Delhi High Court to probe into illegal residential land dealings including the sale and purchase.
DDA To investigate into the illegality of land deals in the city.

DDA To investigate into the illegality of land deals in the city.

Today Delhi High Court ordered the vice chairman of  DDA (Delhi Development Authority), to probe into the illegal dealings of residential plots in the city.

Delhi Development Authority bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan; showing inclination to the PIL filed in this regard, ordered the Vice-Chairman of the DDA to look into the matter efficiently and effectively. The HC Bench consisting Justice V K Jain, said that the petition is passed to DDA which will look into the matter seriously.

The residential plots; which are allotted under the scheme of large-scale acquirement, development and selling of land, are illegally sold and purchased in the city. Continue reading

DDA Plans Reconstruction Of Dangerous Houses

Increasing incidents of building collapse prompt Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to reconstruct dangerous and unsafe buildings in the city. However DDA’s plans of reconstruction are dependent on building owners whose consent is necessary for the reconstruction.
DDA proposes a reconstruction of unsafe buildings

DDA proposes a reconstruction of unsafe buildings

Recently Disaster Management Authority conducted a survey on unsafe buildings in the National Capital. Using the survey a team of experts have focused five areas of the city where many buildings are identified as dangerous and unsafe. The team proposed to the DDA that the buildings in these areas have to be renovated or totally reconstructed.

The proposal has already been approved, though only in-principle, by an LG – headed DDA meeting. However the financial matters are to be worked out. Fatehpur Beri, Gandhi Nagar, Kondli, Lal Kuan and Lalita Park are the five areas which have been selected for the reconstruction of unsafe houses. These areas have witnessed a number of building collapses recently. Continue reading

DDA Relaxes Norms for Installing Lifts

If you live on second or third floor in a DDA flat, then climbing those stairs is no more a back-breaking experience anymore. The DDA has eased the norms for installing lifts in its apartment blocks. The country’s biggest land development agency has been catering to Delhi’s housing needs for more than 40 years. Since, DDA structures have only 04 floors they do not have lifts.

Although flat-owners had so far been allowed to install lifts later on their buildings on their own, the procedure of getting permission was burdensome.  All the owners of an individual block, with eight to sixteen flats, have to agree to the proposal.

The new norm stipulates that lifts can be installed once most flat owners of the block agree. The consent of the ground floor owners is not required any longer. The cost of installing a lift is Rs 10-15 lakhs, which the flat owners would have to bear. The flat owners will have to apply for NOC to DDA for arrears. While applying for NOC, flat-owners will have to attain structural stability certificate from the registered architect.