New Delhi, Nov 15: A final date for the draw of lots for DDA's flagship 'Housing Scheme 2014' has been anounced. The draw would be held DDA headquarters 'Vikas Sadan' at 11:30 am and officials said the date has been decided after conducting a series of successful dry runs.
The draw which was initially scheduled for November 5, was postponed to November 10 and is now likely to be held on November 12.
"The draw of lots for the 'DDA Housing Scheme 2014' would be held on November 17 at 11:30 am. The date was decided after conducting a series of dry runs to check our preparedness for the same," a senior DDA official said.
The first dry run was held by the housing authority on November 10.
DDA for the first time has also planned to webcast the entire event live on YouTube with a dedicated URL for the same, so the run serves as a means to test everything in working conditions so as to avoid any glitches later on.
The webcast would be available for "unlimited" number of online users through the YouTube channel. The scheme, which was launched on September 1 had seen a massive response both online and offline, leading to DDA's website getting crashed within few hours on the opening day itself.
"We have created a dedicated website (www.ddadrawlive.in) for the draw, and instead of directly webcasting through a YouTube channel, we later decided to create a separate window for the event altogether, where online user can see the proceedings live," DDA's Director (Systems) V S Tomar said.
He said online users must visit this site directly as no link has been provided through the official DDA website, to preclude any chance of crashing of the home site.
C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), which had conducted the draw for DDA's last housing scheme in 2010, has been roped in this time again for the event.
Last date for the closing of scheme was October 9 but the date was extended till October 15 later. Till then 7.5 lakh applications were received. The number rose to 8.5 lakh a few days later as applications from far-flung bank branches reached the DDA headquarters (New Delhi) late.
(With inputs from agencies)