The Delhi High Court on Monday slammed the Urban Development ministry, DDA and builders for the delay in handing over the Commonwealth Games village flats to
buyers, even as they continued to fight over excess floor area ratio (FAR).
The court asked the DDA if it was ready to issue power of attorney to the developers — Emaar-MGF — with respect to 26 towers for which completion certificates have been issued so that they could execute sale deeds in favour of the buyers. The builders had assured to pay R16.20 crore in lieu of extra FAR charges.
The DDA told the court that they have given completion certificates to 26 towers and kept on hold 8 towers — tower nos. 5, 15, 26, 28, 13, 17, 31 and 34 – pending the dispute over FAR.
The court directed the DDA to expedite issuance of completion certificates to four towers – Tower no. 13, 17, 31 and 34.
“This court is neither looking into nor interested in the FAR issue. But the way you people are going, things will not reach anywhere,” Justice Hima Kohli said.
The court’s direction came on the petitions by CWG flat allottees association, complaining delay in handing over of flats.
Emaar claims that the constructed area in the Games Village is "well within the permissible and compoundable limits" and follows the provisions of the Master Plan Delhi - 2021.
DDA claims it had sanctioned an FAR of 205,140 sq metres but EMAAR maintains that the FAR, as per the sanctioned plan dated February 27, 2008, was 220,000 square metres which became 227,071.72 square metres upon adding 5% compoundable FAR.
According to Emaar-MGF, construction over and above the sanctioned FAR is 21,931.72 metres, which can be regularised under MPD 2021. But the DDA had been demanding payment for the extra construction.
DDA had approached the ministry for regularisation of the 12,841.35 sq. metre of excess built-up area at the Games complex so that completion certificates could be issued and flats be handed over to the buyers.