DDA looks to corner CWG Village flats for babus


NEW DELHI: Even as the outrage over the Commonwealth Games loot and the clamour for heads to roll reaches a crescendo, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is about to open another shameful chapter. It is setting the stage for appropriating Games Village flats for the very babus who let India down.

The DDA has sent a proposal to the ministry of urban development to allow Games Village flats to be allotted to state entities like Delhi police and PSUs, besides MPs and MLAs. The Central Vigilance Commission and the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office are included in the proposal.

These are the two agencies, besides others, which are investigating various Games-related cases.

The proposal, which was approved at an authority meeting earlier this week, will be implemented through a relaxation of the DDA’s housing policy. “A proposal for relaxation has been sent since at present, allotment or auction of flats by the DDA can be done for the general public only. To allow allotment or auction of flats for government agencies or PSUs, the housing policy needs to be relaxed,” said a senior DDA official.

The proposal, which has been approved by the Lt Governor’s office, will enable the DDA to put up over 600 flats from its share of 723 in the Village for sale to the government sector, much like the Asiad Village after the 1982 Games. The land agency is proposing to auction 100 flats to the public, with the rest earmarked for babus. A senior official explained that “the auction of the 100 flats will basically be held to determine what can be the base price for the flats. This would then be the benchmark for the tenders for auction or allotment to the institutions.” DDA officials admitted that the agency had received several requests from various government quarters for allotment of flats in the Village.

For the public auction, the DDA has decided to add the price it paid to Emaar-MGF—as the bailout amount—as well as the cost of interest and any additional expenditure that the DDA has borne, like cost of furniture and other amenities inside the flats. Said a senior DDA official, “The price being calculated is around Rs 16,000 per sq ft, which will be the tender amount for the bidding process for these 100 flats.”

The DDA’s share in the Village had originally been one-third of the total flats, i.e. around 390. But after the financial bailout to Emaar-MGF, the number of flats in the land agency’s kitty went up by 333 flats to 723.

Sources said that while no suggestions have been made for subsidizing the flats for government agencies, once the proposal is approved by the MoUD, such issues could be discussed.

Both proposals—relaxing the housing policy and auctioning 100 flats to the public—were sent earlier this week. Since the Village is under litigation with Emaar-MGF challenging DDA’s decision to revoke the bank guarantee, sources say there’s plenty of time for the ministry to give its approval.

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DDA’s proposal to allot the lion’s share of its flats in the CWG Village to public servants rather than the general public is incredibly brazen. Even as the CVC and CAG probe various charges of CWG-related malfeasance, including the Village, DDA has the gall to suggest that, departing from its mandate to allot flats only to the public, 623 of its 723 flats be given to public servants, including some from the watchdog bodies. The attempt to create a conflict of interest is designed to scuttle the probe and dispense patronage to other public servants cited in the DDA proposal. The Centre would do well to reject the proposal outright and ensure that all DDA flats in the Village are auctioned to the public in a transparent, non-discriminatory manner.

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