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Homes, plots for the lucky 1512
- 3331 applicants for housing board project

Ranchi, Aug. 12: Over 3,000 people, who have applied for 1,012 flats and 500 plots being sold by Jharkhand State Housing Board, will get to try their luck in lotteries to be held on four days in various parts of the state.

In Ranchi, the lottery has been scheduled for August 20. In Jamshedpur, it will be held on August 27, Dhanbad (which also covers properties in Gomia) on September 3 and Hazaribagh (which also covers flats and plots in Daltonganj) on September 7.

“As many as 8,300 people had bought application forms for the offer but ultimately 3,331 submitted them. Now, the board will organise lotteries to allot them flats or plots,” said housing board MD Vinay Kumar Choubey.

Flat are between 298sqft and 2,100sqft and are available in four categories namely, economically weaker section (EWS), lower income group (LIG), middle income group (MIG) and higher income group (HIG). Prices range between Rs 3.4 lakh and Rs 4.1 lakh.

The plots, with areas ranging from 612sqft to 5,044sqft, are also under four heads, costing anything between Rs 3.67 lakh and Rs 18 lakh.

Those interested have submitted 10 per cent of the price of their chosen flat or plot along with their application as a deposit which would be refunded if his/her name did not come up in the lottery.

Those who end up lucky will have to deposit 25 per cent of the cost of his/her chosen property within a month.

The last date for submitting application forms, priced at Rs 1,000, was July 30 which was later extended to August 9 on popular demand.

According to sources in the housing board, the number of applications would have been more had more people submitted residential and income certificates on time.

A Kadru resident backed up the claim. “Residential certificates issued by the sub-divisional officer was needed. Apart from this, for EWS and LIG applicants, income certificates were also required. As getting certificates from the SDO’s office is a time-consuming process, several people could not apply despite having application forms,” said Reena Sinha.

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