No power, water: DDA's premium Vasant Kunj flats a story of apathy
Built to accommodate foreign technicians during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, flats at Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) Vasant Kunj D-6 were touted as 'premium' furnished apartments and allotted at higher rates as part of its 2010 housing scheme. Sidhartha Roy reports.delhi Updated: Apr 25, 2013 23:47 IST
Built to accommodate foreign technicians during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, flats at Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) Vasant Kunj D-6 were touted as 'premium' furnished apartments and allotted at higher rates as part of its 2010 housing scheme.
Two-and-a-half years since the Games, the 'plush' complex with 2,709 flats is a ghost town. Applicants who had paid the full amount for these flats one-and-a-half years ago - prices ranged between Rs 34 lakh and Rs 1.12 crore depending the flat's size -are yet to move in because the flats are still not in a liveable condition.
There is still no power or water supply in these flats. The main wiring from the Yamuna block in the complex was stolen recently.
Though the multi-storey apartments go up to seven floors, lifts are still not functional and some are even used as garbage dump by workers at the site.
"The main wiring was stolen, along with meters and switchboards, because there is no security at the complex and boundary walls are yet to be erected. When I approached DDA, I was told that allottees would have to install wiring at their own cost," said VK Dhiman, an allottee.
"There is no water connection to my flat yet and taps have not been installed as DDA fears these would be stolen too," he said. "As there is no water or power, allottees are yet to shift here and thieves have a field day. Even the sanitaryware has been stolen from the flats."
Dhiman, who paid nearly Rs 90 lakh for his three-bedroom flat, now pays an EMI of Rs 50,000 each month and spends Rs 20,000 on rent. "How can my family live here? It's a huge exercise even reaching my seventh floor flats without an elevator," he said.
"I'm paying a rent of Rs 22,000 each month for a flat in Gurgaon despite owning a flat in Vasant Kunj," said Anjan Meher, another allottee.
"Finishing work is still going on, there is no water supply and DDA is reluctant to install wires connecting main lines to my flat as they fear wires would be stolen."
DDA refused to comment on when work would be completed on the flats and water and power supplies would be provided.