For delay in handing over the possessions of flats, the Central Government Employee Welfare Housing Organisation (CGEWHO), Kharar, will have to pay an amount of Rs 2.25 lakh each as compensation to 16 complainants for deficiency in services.
Coming to the aid of the 16 harried complainants waiting for possession of their flats, the district consumer disputes redressal forum, SAS Nagar, has also directed the organisation to pay Rs 22,000 each as cost of litigation.
Girish Sahni and fifteen others had earlier filed separate complaints against CGEWHO alleging delay in development of its housing society by the name of Kendriya Vihar in SAS Nagar.
Pankaj Chandgothia, counsel for the complainants, said, “CGEWHO floated a scheme for allotment of residential flats under the name of 'Kendriya Vihar, SAS Nagar' in December 2006. The allotment letter was issued in May, 2007, and the project was to be completed within 30 months by November, 2009."
The complainants pointed out that the society was still not complete and no effective offer of possession had been given till date, and therefore the demand of final installment from the complainants was illegal.
The counsel for CGEWHO sought dismissal of the complaint saying that the complaint was not maintainable. CGEWHO, in its reply, said that the complainants were 'trying to evade the liability of reasonable escalation, despite being aware that, initially, the projected cost was tentative.'
The consumer forum presided over by Madhu P Singh, in its order dated February 13, pointed, “The project is still not complete and the act of CGEWHO in offering defective possession, and that too, at a belated stage, after the expiry of the promised 30 months. The action of the housing organisation in enhancing the price of the flats from time to time was also held to be deficiency in services."?