25,000 flats on offer: DDA website restored; over 18 lakh hits in two days

DDA finally restores website

Delhi Development Authority on Tuesday restored its online service after a massive response to itsmega housing scheme crashed the official website.

Top DDA officials said the website received a whopping18.25 lakh hits since the launch of the housing scheme on Mondayunder which over 25,000 flats have been offered.

They said all the online services have been restored andthe server was being upgraded to handle the "exponentiallyincreased" user traffic.

Website got 5 lakh hits on day 1

 25,000 flats on offer: DDA website restored; over 18 lakh hits in two days

DDA

The website -- dda.org.in -- had crashed on Mondayafterreceiving over five lakh hits within a few hours of thescheme's launch.

"We received a total of 11 lakh hits on the day of thelaunch. Our website usually gets between 2.5 to 3 thousandonline users otherwise. Overall in the first two days, wereceived 18.25 lakh hits," V S Tomar, Director of Systems atDDA, told PTI.

Tomar said every effort is being made to improve theonline services.

"Our homepage has a new link 'DDA Housing Scheme 2014'lower down the website, which directs the online users to our13 empanelled banks and URLs," said Tomar.Thirteen banks have been empanelled to offer financialassistance to applicants. However, the bank URLs are yet to beactivated.

"Online users who wish to download forms, or apply onlineor wish to buy forms can get details about the respectivebanks and their branches from our website. Since, our servercannot handle the extremely heavy online traffic, we areredirecting the services to banks," Tomar said.The official said that DDA has already initiated theprocess of upgrading its server to handle larger traffic.

"Our server bandwidth capacity is 45 mbps and the trafficwe were receiving needed 65 mbps. We have already initiated
the process of upgrading our server to handle 100 mbpsrequirements, and by Wednesdayafternoon, we should be able toachieve it. If we make the links active now, the site wouldagain crash," he said.

Details of the housing scheme

DDA launched it largest-ever scheme -- the 'DDA HousingScheme 2014' offering 25,034 flats, out of which 22,627 areone-bed room apartments, a major draw for people this year.The new scheme which will be open till October 9, offersflats ranging from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore across variouscategories, viz - EWS, LIG, MIG, HIG, Janta flats and one-roomapartments.

"The scheme is open to applicants from September 1 andthe last date to receive the application is October 9. Thedraw of lots would preferably be taken out within 20 days ofthe close of the scheme," DDA Vice-Chairman Balvinder Kumarsaid.

Where are the one-bedroom apartments located

The one-bedroom apartment flats are in Dwarka, Rohini,Narela and Siraspur areas, priced above 14 lakh onwards,depending on the location and plinth area, the DDA said.Out of 896 newly-built flats, 512 are MIG flats and 384Janta flats, located in Mukherjee Nagar, Narela, Rohini andKalyan Vihar areas.

The MIG flats would range from Rs 41.30 lakh and Rs 69.90lakh and the Janta flats - one room tenement with akitchenette - would cost a little over Rs 10 lakh, it said.

Five year lock in period

DDA for the first time has introduced a five-year lock-inperiod for ownership of the flats, to cut out middlemen andreduce the scope of speculative buying.

"After five years, the DDA will formally execute aconveyance deed in their favour," the DDA official said.

The urban body also for the first time had proposed a80-20 quota in this scheme, but that proposal which sought tooffer 80 per cent flats to Delhi residents has been scrapped."In its last scheme, 'DDA Housing Scheme 2010', therewere 11 lakh applications for 15,000 flats," a DDAspokesperson said, adding, "To curb black-marketing of forms,we have restricted the number of purchase to only two for eachbuyer".

The empanelled banks for DDA are :

State Bank of India,IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IDBI Bank, Axis Bank,Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India,ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Central Bank of India andCorporation Bank.

PTI

Updated Date: Sep 03, 2014 08:38:23 IST



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