After a 31-year wait, the stakeholders of DDA’s Rohini residential scheme can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. But then, they will have to wait for another 14 months.
Rajiv Bansal, counsel for the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that the agency should have the plots ready to hand over in a matter of 13-14 months – acceding to the court’s direction that it would file an affidavit recording this promise.
“This is music to our ears,” counsel for the applicants told a bench of acting chief justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw. “But this has been said numerous times.”
The DDA said it was ready to begin allotting the plots to the applicants – through a draw of lots – within 2-3 months, although the actual handing over of possession would take up to 14 months. The court has asked the DDA to file a status report on the matter by next week.
The 1981 scheme saw around 82,000 applicants getting possession of plots in Rohini – leaving more than 21,000 to fight a battle with the DDA to take possession of land promised to them three decades ago.
The applicants’ battle has travelled through the courts over the years, with numerous deadlines given to the DDA to prepare the land that even got embroiled in a row after farmers in the area said they should be made a party to the case.
In 2009, the DDA told the court that it would begin the process of allotting at least 16,000 plots to eligible candidates within 20 months. But to no avail.