New Delhi: Several people’s dream of owning a house turned into reality when the much-awaited biggest draw of lots for 16,000 flats offered by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for which 7.53 lakh applicants have been waiting was held on Monday in Noida.

With DDA restricting its entry, hundreds of applicants gathered outside the Sector-62 office of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), whose help was taken by the Delhi Development Authority for the draw that went on for two hours and 45 minutes.

The draw brought 16,118 people’s dreams come to reality. Janata flat in Dwarka was the first one to come out in the lucky draw. Later, the whole draw was computerized.

The process of lucky draw started at 11am before which the technical department explained the draw process to the locals waiting.

Four judges sat in the basement of CDAC office as one judge was unable to attend the lucky draw. Before every judge a jar was kept which held the tokens numbering 0-9.

First General category then reserved category and finally waiting category draws were undertaken systematically. After the draw completed, a list was printed out and distributed among the locals.

The results were uploaded on the DDA website in the evening.

After the draw, many applicants complained that the process should have been open while some mediapersons were unhappy over not being allowed inside.

A large number of police and PAC personnel were deployed in and around the building while traffic was diverted in the area. Fire engines were parked to handle any eventuality.

Applicants are vying for the flats, located in areas like Vasant Kunj, Mukherjee Nagar, Motia Khan, Jasola, Dwarka, Rohini, Narela, Jaffarabad, Kondli and Gharoli. There are one, two and three bedroom flats with the prices ranging from Rs 9 lakh to Rs Rs 1.12 crore.

The housing scheme was launched on November 25, 2010. Asked about the allegations of irregularities that had cropped up during the last draw of lots for its housing scheme, Delhi Development Authority officials had earlier said that all necessary checks and balances were in place.