With the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) gearing up to hand over possession of the Purab apartments at Sector 88, the allottees are fuming. They say GMADA has simply compromised with the quality of the residential flats.
“The tiles are of a poor quality and even the walls are not proper,” said Parwinder Singh Saini, finance secretary of the Purab Premium Apartment Allottees Association.
Saini also said it was a concern that the flagship apartments should have “poor road connectivity”. “There is only one road from Sohana... that too is broken.”
The GMADA had announced the Purab premium apartment scheme in December 2011, promising to build houses for 4,500 persons.
The buildings, the first highrise construction of 13 to 15 storeys, was GMADA’s solution to shrinking open spaces and rising costs of acquisition and development in the area.
The authority had earlier planned to construct about 4,500 flats, but after a poor response from buyers, the scheme was launched in phases. The GMADA then constructed 1,600 flats of various sizes, of which 1,200 were sold and are likely to be handed over soon. The GMADA has also decided to pay the allottees interest as the handing over has been delayed by nearly eight months. The allottees, however, are not happy.
“We have been complaining about the poor quality of the work for the last two years, but GMADA has not being paying any heed. Today (Wednesday) the officials visited us and assured that all the issues will be addressed before the flats are handed over,” Saini said.
GMADA estate officer (housing) Mahesh Bansal, however, denied that the quality of the work in the apartments was poor. “We have given the best quality and will ensure the quality of the project is not compromised,” he said, adding he visited the site to check the venue for holding the draw of lots.