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Norms for alterations, additions to DDA flats streamlined, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

Norms for alterations, additions to DDA flats streamlined, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
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NEW DELHI: In a decision that is likely to benefit lakhs of people living in DDA flats, the policy and procedures for regularisation of additions and alterations have been amended and streamlined.

DDA has also clarified that all residents have right to access terraces and common staircases and these are not for the exclusive use of any individual owner or group of owners.

“While the policy& procedures already exist, amendments and clarity were needed on some issues,” said an official.

DDA clarified that common areas, including terrace and common staircase extended to the terrace of an apartment block, shall remain common to all residents or owners of the block and cannot be used by any particular resident or owner or group of residents or owners exclusively.

“Water tanks and many common services are located on terraces, but in some places people on the top floors restrict access by making them exclusively their own. Also, in many old DDA flats, one needs to enter the topmost flat to access the stairs leading to the terrace. This leads to altercations sometimes as for other residents, accessing the terrace means taking permission from top floor residents,” said the official.

The official added, “Now, it will be ensured that everyone has equal access to these services and if staircases have to be accessed through someone’s flat, another access will be allowed to be created. These are very small things, but matter a lot for harmonious and co-existential living. We are streamlining the processes and adding new provisions.”

“We have also allowed covered verandahs and balconies and these can be legalised by payment of charges. For other alterations and additions, flat owners can submit the plan and get them authorised after paying charges. The amended policy touches very basic but important things, like installation of split airconditioner units. We have tried to make it public-friendly,” the official said.

The policy and procedures were formulated in 2007, but regular complaints from allottees were being received by DDA and the municipal corporations regarding interpretation of provisions, leading to disputes and court cases, a DDA spokesperson said. Under the policy, installation of solar panels for domestic use would be allowed. Requests for allowing installation of charging points for electric vehicles would be examined separately.


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