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Builder told to hand over society maintenance to residents in 8 days

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 12, 2013
First Published: 01:48 IST(12/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:50 IST(12/4/2013)

The district town planning department has asked the developer of a posh condominium in Sector 47 to hand over the society’s maintenance to the residents’ body by April 18.

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Senior town planner (STP) RK Singh has set the eight-day deadline for the developer Unitech to transfer the maintenance of Close North — a condominium in Nirvana Country with as many as 16 towers and 660 apartments — to the Close North Apartment Owners Association.

Earlier, the association had sought the intervention of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for transfer of society’s maintenance.

The residents’ body had also written to the director of Town and Country Planning, Chandigarh and spoken to Huda administrator Praveen Kumar to press for the demand.

“In the next eight days or latest by 18th of this month you are directed to transfer the maintenance of all the towers or locality to the AoA, failing which lawful action will be initiated as per the town planning act,” said Singh to the representatives of the Unitech group.

The ultimatum came after an hour-long meeting between the STP, and representatives of the developer and residents.

“I have been forced to intervene into the matter since the issue was getting serious due to your fault that you have been committing by not transferring the maintenance,” said Singh, referring an erstwhile meeting on the same issue with former STP YM Mansuri on July 7, 2011.

“What is the use of holding on when you cannot maintain it? Let the association manage the apartment complex. What is your problem? The builder should build and then exit it,” Singh told the Unitech representatives.

Unitech had earlier promised the transfer of maintenance and complete the pending issues like a water body and security infrastructure but then backtracked.

“There are some technical problems that we need to solve before handing over the maintenance to RWA and we would like to apprise you in a week’s  time, please allow us a few more weeks’ time to us,” pleaded SK Mahajan, executive vice president, Unitech at the meeting.

The residents’ body, on the other hand, demanded a firm deadline of transfer of responsibility. “We need nothing short of a firm date and modalities of transfer in eight days. The residents anger is growing due to shoddy maintenance, failing which, we would take appropriate action similar to that of the World Spa residents who threw out the developer’s maintenance and security staff,” said Alpana Mohan, secretary, AOA.


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