New Delhi: In order to allot flats to babus of various departments in the Games village, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has initiated the process to amend the Housing Regulation Act. The DDA would be tabling a proposal in that regard before its board members in the meeting to be held on May 26.

After getting the nod from the board, the proposal will be sent to the Ministry of Urban Development for approval.
Once DDA gets ministry’s approval, it would auction the flats in one go at the prevailing rate to the officials of different departments. In the first stage, one hundred flats will be auctioned.

After the completion of the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government and other government agencies have shown eagerness to buy these flats. There was also a demand by the Delhi legislators that the government should allot flats to them in the Games village.

On the other hand, many government agencies like CAG, CBI, CVC and Delhi Police had also expressed their wish to allot these flats to their officers and officials. Some of these agencies had written a letter to the DDA and asked to allot the flats to them so that they can meet the demands within their departments.

DDA had prepared a proposal and the file was sent to the Urban Development Ministry. In the proposal it was advocated that the flats should be given to the government agencies. But the ministry was not in favour of giving the waiver and hence amendment was needed. The ministry then sent the file back to DDA to do the needful.

A senior DDA official said, “When the amendments will be done, the process can start further. The first 100 flats including flats with two to four bedrooms will be auctioned in the open market. The auction would help in fixing the prices of other flats. Emmar MGF had sold the flats in the range of Rs 2-5 crore. After deciding the rates, the flats can be given to those departments who have sought the flats.”

(JPN/ Bureau)