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Apex court steps in to make Rohini dreams a reality.

IN A big relief for 25,000 registrants waiting for 33 years to build their dream homes in Rohini, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the DDA to issue letters of allotment for the developed land to these families within four months.

The court threatened to initiate contempt of court action against DDA officials if its order was not complied with. These families registered for plots in the middleincome, low income and janta (poor) categories of the Rohini Residential Scheme of 1981. 5,000 applicants have died till now.

"In our view there has been inordinate delay on the part of the DDA. Enough is enough. We direct the DDA to issue letters of allotment to successful registrants within four months," said a bench headed by Justice H. L. Dattu.

When the bench asked DDA why it had not complied with the deadline of September 2013 it gave to the court, the organisation cited many ' hindrances' and ' disputes with farmers who were physically objecting to acquisition'. Dattu then asked the DDA why it had told the high court earlier that the ' plots were free from encumbrances and there are no impediments in developing the land and handing over possession to registrants'. "If the need arises you may take the assistance of the police to remove the encroachers," the bench told the lawyer representing the DDA. Those who had registered for plots approached the apex court after the DDA failed to implement repeated directions of the Delhi High Court since 2009 to allot them the land.

DDA had announced the sale of 1,17,000 plots. There were a total of 84,000 applicants but 25,000 of them are still waiting for allotments. In October 2009, the Delhi High Court even restrained DDA from auctioning any plot of land in Rohini till it allotted plots to these applicants.

Arguing for plot applicant and petitioner Rahul Gupta, lawyer Prashant Bhushan told the bench that while DDA repeatedly cited paucity of land as a reason, it gave huge plots of land to builders and cooperative housing societies.

On March 14, 2012, the high court told the DDA to complete the possession process in three months. But through an RTI application, Gupta learnt that infrastructure like sewerage, connections for water supply, electricity, roads and parks were not being provided in plots demarcated by DDA. The plots were under-sized, as only plots of 60 sqm and 32 sqm were being provided while initially plots of 90, 60, 48, 32 and 26 sqm were floated.

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Date:Jul 9, 2014
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