7.5 lakh Applications for ‘Housing Scheme 2014 received by DDA

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A total of 7.5 lakh applications were received for ‘Housing Scheme 2014’, a senior official said. This scheme offers around 25,000 flats across various categories was to be closed on Wednesday and the housing authority is working up hard for the draw of the lots.

The luck of these applicants will be decided next month, as the tentative date for the draw of the lots has been kept 5 November,. “We have received 7.5 lakh application for the scheme and we sold about 17 lakh brochures through our counters and various empanelled bank branches. The tentative date for the draw is still 5 November,” the official told.

The ‘Housing Scheme 2014’ was launched on 1 September and the last date was decided as 9 October but because of huge response and intervening festive season, DDA had expanded the last date till 15 October.

Unfortunately, The DDA website had crashed within a few hours of its launch on 1 September , forcing authorities to upgrade its server to meet the “exponentially increased user traffic”. In its initial two days, 18 lakh hits were received with 11 lakh hits on the day of the launch itself.So far over 3.5 million hits have been received since the launch of the flagship programme.

Officials said that “a dedicated server would be temporarily set up to fight with the anticipated rush of online traffic during the draw time.” “We will be setting up a dedicated served around the last week of this month, and it will have load-balancing facilities, to avert chances of crashing the website due to heavy traffic,” director (systems) of DDA, V.S. Tomar said. “The website had crashed during the launch and the draw time of the last scheme (DDA 2010 Housing Scheme) also, and we so we are taking all precautionary measures this time,” he added.

The procedure has also been uploaded on the website and applicants and check the status of their application online.

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