NEW DELHI: Why has there been a 34-year-long delay in allotting plots to applicants by the DDA?, the Delhi high court demanded to know.
Issuing notice, Justice Manmohan also directed DDA to justify its recent decision to hike the per square metre rate for the MIG, LIG and economically weaker section allottees.
In 1981, DDA had launched a Rohini Residential Scheme and invited applications under MIG, LIG & EWS categories.
Decades later, after being pulled up by the Supreme Court, DDA agreed to hand over the plots but at a revised rate of Rs 23,252, Rs 14,120, Rs 11,077 per sq metre as against its earlier price of Rs 200, Rs 125 and Rs 100.
HC’s latest notice came on a plea by the applicants of Rohini Residential Scheme complaining about the delay and the revised rates.
The applicants alleged DDA allotted land earmarked for the scheme illegally to others or diverted it for other projects. Against the initial plan of offering 17,000 flats in Rohini as per the scheme, DDA has already built more than 75,000 flats and allotted them to general public, they alleged.
Earlier this year the Supreme Court had slammed DDA for “hoodwinking” it and dismissed its plea seeking extension of deadline laid down by court to allot plot/land to nearly 14,000 applicants. The land-owning agency had sought indefinite extension, citing law and order problems being created by local villagers in the area.
However, the SC dismissed the application after noting that DDA had not lodged any FIR against the intruders who it claimed had hindered its work.
In March, the bench had granted relief to applicants of DDA’s 1981 housing scheme ordering it to allot plots to remaining 14,000 applicants and conclude external development work by July 31, 2016. It had then cautioned the vice-chairman and the chief engineer that any “breach” of its order would be “viewed seriously”.
The bench passed a slew of directions while disposing of the petition alleging that despite the lapse of over three decades after DDA announced its scheme, nearly 25,000 of the original 83,000 applicants, still have not received plots. On being pointed out that the allotment of remaining 14,000 plots was earlier obstructed due to agitation in the area, the court had asked Delhi government and city police to render all kind of assistance to DDA.