"The draw of lots for the 'DDA Housing Scheme 2014' would be held on November 17 at 11:30 AM. The date was decided after conducting a series of dry runs to check our preparedness for the same," a senior DDA official said.
    
DDA for the first time would also be "webcasting live" the entire draw on the Internet with a dedicated URL for the same.

"We have created a dedicated website (www.ddadrawlive.in) for the draw, and instead of directly webcasting through a YouTube channel, we later decided to create a separate window for the event altogether, where online user can see the proceedings live," DDA's Director (Systems) V S Tomar said.

He said online users must visit this site directly as no link has been provided through the official DDA website, to preclude any chance of crashing of the home site.
    
The first dry run was held by the housing authority on November 10.

C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), which had conducted the draw for DDA's last housing scheme in 2010, has been roped in this time again for the event.
    
The new scheme, which offers over 25,000 flats across various categories, ranging in price from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore, closed on October 15.

It offers 25,034 flats, viz. - EWS, LIG, MIG, HIG, Janta flats and one-room apartments. The 22,627 one-bed room apartments were a major draw for the people this year.
    
The senior official said all application are available online for applicants to check their status.

Although about 17 lakh brochures were sold through DDA counters and branches of its various empanelled banks, officials ascribed the "lukewarm response" to the scheme to the lock-in period and the nature of flats on offer.

"The primary reason for the not-so-overwhelming response, despite selling so many brochures, could be the five-year lock -in period for the ownership of the flats, which we have introduced for the first time. Besides, most flats are of lower range, one-bedroom types, so that could be another factor," the official said.

The lock-in period mandates a duration of at least five years before the ownership of the flats is handed over to the allottees under the scheme.
    
This latest housing scheme was launched on September 1. The last date for application was initially set for October 9 before it was extended till October 15.
    
The DDA official website following a massive response had crashed in the first few hours of the opening of the scheme only prompting authorities to upgrade their servers to meet the "exponential rise" in the online traffic.

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