The flats at the Commonwealth Games Village, touted as one of Delhi's most tony residential addresses, have been locked for more than five months and need urgent refurbishing.
The project developer Emaar MGF, however, alleges that it cannot carry out repairs because Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is not allowing its men and machinery to enter the premises.
DDA was assigned the job of constructing the Games village to house 8,000 athletes and Games officials during the Commonwealth Games in October last year. Emaar MGF was selected as the developer of the project on a public-private partnership basis.
In the 34 towers of the village, which has 1,168 flats, about 400 flats were expected to be allotted to people who had bought them at prices ranging from R2 to R5 crore. DDA, however, is yet to handover these flats to Emaar MGF.
The developer has now written a letter to DDA saying its workforce, machinery and tools are not being allowed to enter the premises by security officials deployed by DDA. Emaar MGF needs to repair the flats and rectify the problem of seepage in the buildings before it can give possession of the flats to buyers.
The developer has also said that the basement is full of furniture, mattresses and scrap, used during the Games, which is hampering the waterproofing of the basements.
"It is a travesty that even after five months of the designated handover date, the Games Village has eluded its rightful stakeholders --- its customers," said a spokesperson of Emaar MGF. "We need some time to refurbish the Games Village but we are till date denied access to the site."
"As per the Project Development Agreement between DDA and Emaar MGF, the apartments were to be handed over to Emaar MGF by DDA within two months after the completion of Games," the spokesperson said. "The sustainable upkeep of the apartments is crucial and the current impasse is affecting the maintenance of the Games Village.”
DDA said that the flats will be handed over once completion certificates are issued and the waterproofing of the basements are already being carried out.