DDA offers little clarity on sale queries

Helpline and DDA housing commissioner contradict each other over norms for selling flat after allotment


Danish Raza | December 16, 2010

“If I get a flat in the DDA housing scheme 2010, can I sell it immediately after getting possession?” is a common question in the minds of thousand of those applying for the flats under the DDA’s biggest ever housing scheme. But instead of addressing the query, the civic agency has left them more confused.

Response of the DDA call centre (011- 39898911) is that you are allotted a flat in any of the categories (general or reserved) you cannot sell it for the next 15 years. Governance Now confirmed this by calling on the DDA helpline number.

“A lot of callers are making this query. It is confirmed that the 15 years condition applies to all the categories,” said the person who attended the call.

However, Aasma Manzar, commissioner, housing, DDA, denied this. “No. This is wrong. This is applicable to only to the flats allotted under the physically disabled category because they will get the flats on concessional rates. Rest of the allotters can sell the flats after getting possession,” said she.

When informed about the response on the helpline number, she said, “I cannot believe that they have told you this. I will call them right now asking them not to misguide people.”

The confusion emanates from the information given in the DDA brochure that those who get flats under the physically disabled category cannot sell them for 15 years.

The brochure gives no such condition for the flats allotted under the general category.

However, when DDA flat aspirants called the helpline to ask if the condition applied for the general category as well, the answer they got was “yes”.



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