The BDA’s new initiative of selecting apartment allottees by lottery system was met with an enthusiastic response when Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the programme here on Thursday.

A large number of people shortlisted for the allotment of 3,000 multi-storey apartments turned up at the venue as Mr. Siddaramaiah and his Cabinet colleagues pulled out token numbers of allottees from a lot.

According a BDA spokesman, nearly 500 persons were allotted apartments when the day drew to a close. “It will take another day or two for us to complete the process using the lottery system,” the spokesman said.

The apartments are located in Nandini Layout, Alur, Malagala, Thippasandra, Halage Voderahalli, Kothnur, Doddabanahalli, Gunjur, Valagerahalli, Doddabanahalli, Valagerohalli Stage One, Two, Three and Four.

The first person whose name was read out by the Chief Minister — Suresh Babu, who was allotted a house in Valagerahalli — was not present at the function.

Speaking at the function, BDA Commissioner T. Sham Bhat said that the land for the housing projects came primarily from 326 acres of encroached government land that had been reclaimed. Of this, 190 acres had been utilised for the housing project so far, he said.

He said that the lottery system was used to distribute apartments among the shortlisted beneficiaries. To avoid favouritism, door numbers were allotted through a lottery, he added.

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