New Delhi: After three decades of battle with the administration, the people who had booked plots under the Rohini Housing Scheme have finally got a reason to smile. Providing a big relief to them, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Delhi Development Authority and directed it to allot about 21,000 plots to the applicants who had registered for the plots 31 years ago.

The joint bench of Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw instructed the DDA to immediately begin the procedure of draw for allotment of 21,536 plots under the Rohini Housing Scheme-1981.

The court made it clear that the procedure of draw must begin from March 19 and the allocation of plots must be completed within three months. The court gave the order while hearing the pending Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in this regard.

The High Court also ordered the Delhi Jal Board to start work on building sewer and drinking water systems besides focusing on proper drainage system in the area.

On the other hand, DDA advocate Rajiv Bansal told the court that the plots are ready and the draw procedure will begin soon. He also told the court, the plots have been marked and the work on water and sewer system is in progress which will be completed within a few months.

The PIL had stated that the DDA had invited bookings for the plots on 4,000 acres of land area under the housing scheme but even after three decades, the plots were not allotted to the 25,000 applicants.

In 2009, the DDA had announced the allocation of plots to the suitable applicants but it proved to be a hollow promise.