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DLF homebuyers protest extra fee for parking space

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, March 24, 2013
First Published: 00:54 IST(24/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:56 IST(24/3/2013)

The owners-cum-buyers of DLF New Town Heights are up in arms against the builder as they are being charged separately for parking.

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As per the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act, Haryana, a builder cannot charge for parking space as it is included in the common area.

According to the Haryana Apartment Owners Act, the developer is granted a licence to construct a society on the condition that it will create parking space in proportion to the number of flats, besides providing other facilities such as a clubs, health club etc.

However, developers are allegedly selling parking space separately to innocent buyers.

Tired of this violation, the owners-cum-buyers of DLF New Town Heights have formed an association and launched an online campaign to mobilise buyers of other projects.

"DLF has sold the parking area separately from the common area. The common area includes community centre, shops, schools, health centres," said Nitin Grover, president, New Town Heights Owners Association.

There are about 3,000 flats in three projects of New Town Heights coming up at Sectors 86, 90 and 91. DLF launched these projects in 2008 and they are yet to be completed.

A senior DLF employee told HT, "I cannot comment on this. That is the concern of the government department. A few people are creating a hue and cry for no reason."

Meanwhile, the buyers of New Town Heights are angry over the alleged gross violation by the developer.

"We have given proof of illegalities such as sale of parking and its exclusion from the common area, sale of super area etc," said Amit Jain, a buyer.

In a letter to the town and country planning department, the buyers referred to a Supreme Court judgement - regarding the sale of parking and common area in the Nahalchand Laloochand Private Limited vs Panchali Co-Operative Group Housing Society Limited - which clearly restricted such a practice.

Grover further said in the last 25 years, builders in Haryana had been openly violating provisions in Acts regarding the construction and sale of group housing complex.

RK Singh, senior town planner, refused to comment.


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