New Delhi: Those waiting to move into their DDA flats in Vasant Kunj which were allotted in the DDA Housing Scheme 2010 would have to hold on a bit longer. Out of 1904 flats, only 475 flats have been granted NOC (Objection Certificate) by the Air Authority of India (AAI) due to which the DDA cannot hand over the flats to the allottees.

The reason for the delay is AAI objection over the height of the towers. The DDA has invited tenders to break the overhead tanks to reduce the height of the towers and to construct wider tanks, which lesser height instead.

According to the DDA officials, the plan has been approved to reduce the height of the towers and tenders have also been invited.

The DDA flats in Vasant Kunj fall in the flying channel of AAI. The planes have to fly low in the area before landing and for take-off. The DDA is required to get clearance from the AAI. The DDA has overrun the permissible height limit from 27 metres to 29 metres.

 The towers located in D-6, Vasant Kunj comprise of nine stories including the basement. There are 475 flats in each tower and only a single tower has been given the AAI clearance.

The DDA officials have revealed that the height of the tower which has received the clearance is the highest of all the four towers. The DDA has met AAI many times in this regard but in vain.

The DDA is now left with no choice but to reduce the height of towers by breaking the overhead tanks of 40 gallon water capacity to be replaced with shorter but wider water tanks.