Aerocity: GMADA draw in September
The wait of over three lakh aspirants to own a dream house in Aerocity will end soon. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is likely to conduct the draw of lots in the middle of this month — for the allotment of 3,800 plots in its first independent integrated township spread across 1,000 acres in Sector 66 (East) and 82 (East) in the vicinity of the upcoming international airport here.
Though the scheme, which had evoked an overwhelming response as it offered freehold residential plots at affordable price of Rs 12,000 per square yard (Rs 3 lakh per marla) — at least three times less than the market price of Rs 9-10 lakh per marla — had closed on July 6. But it took two months for the authorised banks to transfer the forms to GMADA.
In an affidavit before the High Court, GMADA has undertaken to conduct the draw of lots in third week of September.
Of the total 3,21,943 applicants, the maximum number of 85,600 aspirants are for eight marla plots numbering 760 while the minimum of 5,467 applicants are for 16 marla plots, which are only 47 in number.
According to the official figures available with Newsline, the break-up of application forms is 4,21,85 for 1 kanal (617 plots), 5,87,23 for 12 marla (694 plots), 26,358 for 10 marla (494 plots), 34,490 for 6 marla (523 plots) and 68,490 for 5 marla (665 plots).
To process such a large number of forms, which was a record response evoked by any housing scheme in Punjab so far, GMADA has deputed seven teams, comprising three to four staffers each, which were working overtime.
GMADA Chief Administrator (CA) Vivek Partap Singh said, “If all goes according to plan, we would begin the process of holding the draw of lots tentatively from September 15.”
“Since it is a cumbersome and lengthy process, it is likely to take another week or so to be completed, following which we will upload the list of applicants of our website to invite objections, if any, on the name and category of plots applied for, before going ahead for holding the draw,” said GMADA Estate Officer Balbir Singh Dhol.
According to the plan, GMADA will hold draw of lots separately for each category and it was likely to be concluded in seven rounds. Each round will be held on a single day. A ground in front of PUDA Bhawan in Sector 62 was likely to be the venue, Dhol said.
GMADA CA added the final lists of applicants will also be displayed outside the authorised bank branches and the applicants will be required to file their objections, if any, on their entry in the list with the same bank, with which they had submitted their forms.
“The banks will transfer the received objections to us for making necessary corrections,” he divulged.
Meanwhile, GMADA has also written to the state government to appoint an observer to supervise the draw of lots in order to ensure its complete transparency.