Pulling up the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Panchkula, for not complying with the laid down rules, the district consumer disputes redressal forum, Panchkula, has directed it to provide Rs 9-lakh relief to a group housing society of Sector 24.
Glory Fert Enclave Cooperative Group Housing Society had approached the forum with a complaint that HUDA refused to provide 10% rebate on price of land despite fulfilling the norms.
The society had applied for group housing scheme 2005-2006 floated by HUDA, and was allotted land in Sector 24 measuring 2,000 per square metre at the rate of Rs 4,500 per square metre (Rs 90 lakh) on April 2, 2008.
The agreement says “if the society completes the construction within three years of the date of possession, 10% rebate would be given on price of land”.
The complainant completed the construction of flats over the allotted land in January 2011. To avail the rebate, the complainant wrote to HUDA on January 6, 2011, but their application was rejected on ground that outstanding amount of Rs 610 was due against the property after which, the complainant cleared the outstanding dues.
However, HUDA later intimated the complainant that the building was complete, but due to non- availability of firefighting certificate, their application couldn’t be processed further. The society secured the firefighting certificate on June 9, 2011, and again approached HUDA for providing rebate as per the clause.
In its reply, HUDA intimated the society that in a meeting on March 18, 2013, the case for grant of 10% rebate was considered by the committee under chairmanship of the HUDA administrator but it was rejected on the ground for non-submission of firefighting certificate at the time of application for occupation certificate by the committee.
In its defence, HUDA pleaded the complainant had applied for occupation certificate on March 31, 2011, which was rejected due to pending of dues. The application for issuance of occupation certificate was also not accompanied by the mandatory firefighting certificate.
The forum, headed by president Dharampal and member Anita Kapoor, stated: “The attitude adopted by HUDA, besides being indefensible on the touchstone of the documented terms and conditions, is reflective of hyper technical but not in accord with the ambience of an organisation which announces itself to be in the service of masses. The grant of requested/entitled rebate would encourage the cooperative group housing societies, which aim at providing roof over the heads of those who are not affluent enough to afford independent houses.”
The forum directed HUDA to grant 10% rebate (Rs 9 lakh) to the complainant on price of the land and also directed to pay Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation.