New Delhi: With the desire of owning a house in the national capital, people in large numbers had applied in the Delhi Development Authority scheme of 2010. However, even though the construction of Janata flats in Jasola and LIG flats in Narela have been completed, the applicants are reluctant to purchase these flats.

Reason: The rates of these flats are much higher when compared to some other projects of DDA schemes in the past few years. In the same zone, flats having better water and electricity facilities are available at cheaper rates.

DDA Public Relations Commissioner Neemodhar said few flats are either returned or DDA discards them in each scheme, however no such case has yet surfaced in the Jasola or Narela scheme.

“Whether it is Jasola or Narela, rates of the flats are not high. The rates have been fixed in the area to compensate for the previous losses,” said Neemodhar. He maintained that the authority is making efforts to provide better facilities in these flats.

Bank manager of a nationalized bank said that a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase-III took loan of Rs 1.50 lakh from the bank to apply in the DDA scheme. The bank manager further added that despite getting a flat, he did not return for the verification process.

“When we strictly looked into then, we came to know he was not interested in the flat. However, he has assured that he will return the loan to the bank,” said the manager.

Under the Jasola Vihar project, 2600 flats were constructed on a 20 to 25 square metre land in 2002. The cost of these flats in 2003 was Rs 2 lakh which increased to Rs 2.75 lakh in 2007. However, around 450 flats could not be allotted.

According to RWA president of Jasola Vihar Pocket-11 Mohd Yaameen Saifi, DDA has further increased their cost in 2010 scheme to Rs 5-6 lakh whereas DDA flats are already in the area costing around Rs 5.50 lakh. He said, “These flats are also in a shabby condition. People who have seen them are not ready to take up flats.”

Same is the condition of flats in Narela. Property consultant in Narela, AS Khatri, said since land prices were not increasing, there was lack of facilities in LIG flats in the area.

“Without knowing the ground realities, DDA decided the rates of flat which are in the range of 10 to 14 lakhs. Khatri said, “Similar flats are available for Rs 10-12 lakh as per the old scheme, therefore why would people purchase the costly flats?” said Khatri.