The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has announced its 2010 Housing Scheme under which it will offer nearly 16,000 flats in various locations across the Capital. The locations of the flats on offer include Vasant Kunj, Mukherjee Nagar, Motia Khan, Kalyan Vihar, Jasola, Dwarka, Rohini, Narela, Jaffarabad, Kondli and Gharoli.

Targeted at almost all sections of the society, this being the single largest scheme of DDA till date will offer a mix of one, two and three bedroom houses (including expandable ones) and “Janta” one-room flats. The applications will be accepted from November 25 until December 24. The draw will be held within four months from December 24.

One-room tenements at Narela, Trilokpuri and Shivaji Enclave have also been included in the scheme. The “Janta” tenements are priced between Rs.3 lakh and Rs.6 lakh while the other flats are priced between Rs.9 lakh and Rs.1.12 crore. They would cost between Rs.1,536 and Rs.6,069 per square feet.

Any citizen of India who is 18 years and above can apply for the flat provided the person does not own any residential flat or plot in full or in part on lease-hold or free-hold basis in Delhi.

A new condition has been introduced this year. Owing to the controversy over several applicants submitting forged documents in the last housing scheme in 2008, DDA has now made it mandatory for the allottee to make the payment from his or her bank account. The allottee will also have to submit a copy of the bank passbook and bank certificates at the time of possession which will also be forwarded to the Income Tax Department.

Applicants will have to deposit Rs.1.5 lakh as a registration amount along with the application form. This amount would be refundable. For the Janta one room tenement category the registration amount would be Rs. 50,000.

The application forms along with the information brochures for the housing scheme would go up on sale from November 25 at select branches of State Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC bank, Central Bank of India, ICICI Bank and Union Bank of India and DDA headquarters at Vikas Sadan. The form can also be downloaded from the DDA website.

This time a man and wife would both be able to apply but only one will be allotted a flat in case both are found successful. A person would otherwise be able to submit only one application form. There would be no income criterion for applicants. Persons with a valid PAN card and a bank account would be eligible to apply. Applicants will also have to submit a self-attested copy of PAN card, proof of residence and self-attested copy of bank account. Of the flats, 17.5 per cent have been reserved for scheduled castes, 7.5 per cent for scheduled tribes, one per cent for ex-servicemen, one per cent for war widows and one per cent for the physically challenged.