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Aug 08, 2008 at 01:12am IST

Delhi makes a beeline for DDA's new housing scheme

New Delhi: Government employee J Kaul is on a mission. She sacrificed her lunch break on Thursday to come and stand in the queue at Vikas Sadan – the DDA head quarters in the Capital to buy a housing scheme form.

This single mother of two, who lost her husband a few years ago, dreams of owning her own house in Delhi. “I live in a government flat and wish to have one of my own,” J Kaul said.

The DDA Housing Scheme 2008 has been opened to the public after two years and on the first day alone 80,000 forms were sold.

With these flats going for 40 per cent less than the market price, everyone is rushing to try their luck. “Owning a house in Delhi is so difficult for us. This is a good chance for us,” a resident of Delhi said.

While another person standing in the queue at Vikas Sadan said, “Everyone wants to own their own house instead of living in rented accommodation.”

There are 5,010 DDA flats up for grabs in the range of Rs 7.95 lakh to Rs 77.80 lakh. The flats are available in: Pitampura, Dwarka, Motia Khan, Paschim Vihar, Peera Garhi, Dilshad Garden, Vasant Kunj, Narela, Shalimar Bagh, Rohini, Jahangirpuri and Jhilmil Colony.

The last date for submitting the forms is September 16 and the draw for flats will be announced three months later.

And if the long queues at various DDA offices are putting you off, forms can also be collected from banks including ICICI, HDFC, SBI, Axis and IDBI.