DDA Flats 2014 Scheme get 7.5 Lakh Applications, Draw on Nov.5, Online Live Streaming Likely

The Delhi Development Authority, riding high on 7.5 lakh applications for its "DDA Housing Scheme 2014" is pondering live streaming of the draw of the lots online now on November 5.

The DDA scheme for 25,000 flats ranging from Rs.7 lakh to Rs.1.2 crore hit online for the first when it opened for online application on September 1. The instant response online vrashed the website on its opening day and it had to upgrade its server immediately. In its first two days going online, the DDA was able to receive 18 lakh visitors and so far it has recorded 3.5 million hits since sept.1.

"We have received 7.5 lakh application for the scheme and we sold about 17 lakh brochures through our counters and various empanelled bank branches. The tentative date for the draw is still November 5," a senior official told PTI.

The initial closing date was October 9 but it was extended till October 15 due to the intervening festive season, said officials. The draw of lots will be held on November 5 and it will be streamed online live, if DDA plans go tech remain uninterrupted.

"A dedicated server would be temporarily set up to cope with the rush of online traffic during the draw time. During the last week of October, a dedicated served would be set up, which will have load-balancing facilities, to avert chances of crashing the website due to heavy traffic," Director (Systems) of DDA, V S Tomar told media.

"The website had crashed during the launch and the draw time of the DDA 2010 Housing Scheme also, and we so we are taking all precautionary measures this time," he added.

The procedure for the draw has also been uploaded on the website and applicants can now also check the status of their application online.

The five-year lock-in period, which means the ownership of the flat will be handed over to owners only after five years by the DDA, has acted upon many applicants with commercial motive to apply for DDA flats this year.

Admitting that the response this year was "not-so-overwhelming" though 17 lakh brochures were sold through DDA counters and some bank branches, officials saidthis year’s flats were mostly of "one-bedroom" types. The names of all applicants will be published online after Diwali and the draw will be held on November 5.

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