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16,118 lucky applicants to get DDA flats in Delhi

April 23
02:06 2011

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NEW DELHI: Over seven lakh people had lined up to try their luck at owning a house in Delhi and a majority of them were disappointed. But for the 16,118 people who finally got an address of their own, it was nothing short of a miracle. Though DDA had published the list in newspapers and also uploaded it on its website, many turned up at Vikas Sadan to ensure that it wasn’t a mirage.

“My wife, Sudha, and son Arun, accompanied me to Vikas Sadan as we wanted to be sure of having got the flat,” said Suresh Kumar Kher, who has been allotted an LIG flat in Narela. “We had checked the DDA website in the morning and I had asked a friend of mine to check to be doubly sure. My wife’s prayers have been answered. We live in rented accommodation at INA now and can’t believe we finally have a house of our own in the city. We will go to the flat to take a look. This is the first time I thought of applying and just got lucky.” Suresh works at the airport and said he loves the city.

Kameshwar Nath Mahato, who came to the Capital from Jharkhand 15 years back, works as a supervisor at United Coffee House. He had to live in suspense till the morning as he couldn’t access the DDA website because of the heavy traffic. “The flat is in the name of my wife, Anita Kumar Mahato, and I have worked very hard for this. We have already called our relatives in Jharkhand to share the news with them. I am going to pick up my wife and my two-year-old daughter and go to see our LIG flat in Rohini’s Sector-28. The house is affordable, about Rs 13 lakh, ” Said Kameshwar Nath.

Vikas, who had come to check on behalf of his brother, Sandeep Kumar, said the family was going to Sirsa to pray at a gurdwara and thank god for the good luck bestowed on them “We live on rent in Karol Bagh but now I can tell my friends that I have a house of my own. Also, we brothers can finally think of marriage now that we have a house,” said Vikas, whose brother has been allotted an LIG flat in Narela.

Mahesh Kumar had been coaxed by his girlfriend and his father to take a chance. “I’ve never been lucky and wasn’t expecting much from this scheme. I applied at the last minute and didn’t even look at the paper in the morning. I am thrilled,” he said.

Ranjan Chopra didn’t bother to go to the DDA headquarters. He lives in Munirka. Proud owner of an HIG Flat in Vasant Kunj, he said: “We are living in a two-roomed flat in Munirka. It was a necessity for us because my children are in Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj. We could have landed in Rohini, Jasola or Narela.” Chopra, who has lived in Delhi all his life, was staying with his parents. But with two children – in Class XI and VIII – it was time to move to bigger accommodation. The entire family will now be shifting. “It’s because of my faith in god and the blessings of parents that I have been able to get it,” he says.

Neeraj Chawla, 37, who also lives in rented accommodation, said he couldn’t have thought of buying a house in the city if he hadn’t been allotted one. “How can one even think of buying private property? Delhi’s such an expensive city to live in,” he said. He had applied for a flat in 2006 but had failed. This time he has got a ground-floor flat in Sector 28, Rohini. “The only thing that he is worried about is the location, “I haven’t seen the flat with my own eyes, but I hope that it’s in a safe neighborhood,” he said. His family consists of his daughter, who studies in Class II, and his wife.

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