NEW DELHI: Even as it prepares to launch a new housing scheme, allottees of 348 Middle Income Group (MIG) flats offered by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in its 2021 project are yet to receive their apartments.

The allottees said that DDA had asked them to make full payment within two months even though work was going on to complete the flats.

DDA had launched a housing scheme in January 2021. Among the 1,354 flats on offer, the 348 MIG flats in Dwarka 16-B turned out to be the most sought after. DDA, however, couldn’t finish construction on time and the apartments, which cost between Rs. 1.1 to Rs. 1.2 crore could not be handed over due to ongoing work.

Arun Aggarwal, one of the allottees, said that DDA has issued demand letters and asked for full payment by January 17, 2022, while the work at the site is still going on. Aggarwal claimed that though DDA officials have not responded to their queries, the construction will take six more months.

DDA didn’t respond to a questionnaire sent by TOI and didn’t respond to subsequent phone calls and messages either.

“DDA has charged 10% surcharge on the land premium, construction cost including grid charges and development charges on MIG category, which they have equated to the same surcharge of 10% which applied on High Income Group (HIG) category for Jasola as well,” Aggarwal said. “DDA’s objective is to give affordable housing for the masses. The authority applied surcharge on the MIG category, which affects the middle class,” he said.

“The work of the sewage treatment plant is still going on and horticulture work has not yet started,” said Ashish Sehgal, another allottee. Sehgal claimed that the complex is yet to get a No Objection Certificate from the Delhi Fire Services. “Without a fire NOC, they can’t hand over the flats, but we haven’t received a clear answer from DDA on this,” he said.

The allottees said that if they had to make the full payment to get possession of the flats, the situation would become tricky. “Even the registration amount of Rs. We paid two lakh while applying for the scheme that is stuck since February 2021,” Sehgal said.

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