The 17 contentious flats at the Commonwealth Games Village, which had become a bone of contention between the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the developer, Emaar MGF, have finally been demolished.
The Games Village, with total 1,168 flats, was built on a public-private-partnership basis between DDA and Emaar MGF. DDA had withheld the completion certificate of the complex and is yet to hand over the flats to Emaar as it has found in an audit that the developer had exceeded the prescribed Floor Area Ratio (FAR).
Emaar had agreed to demolish 17 flats in the residential complex if DDA hands over the flats that are part of the developer's share.
The sufferers of this impasse are the 400-odd buyers, who had bought the flats much before the Games began but have still not got possession of the promised flats.
"The 17 flats have been demolished by Emaar MGF on its own, although the same was permissible under the provision of MPD 2021 and Building Byelaws," said a spokesperson of the private developer.
"This was done keeping in mind the interests of the flat-owners and to expedite the issuance of Occupancy Certificates," he said.
DDA said that now that Emaar has demolished the flats that exceeded the prescribed limit, it would reassess the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of each of the 34 towers at the residential complex.
A DDA spokesperson said that the documents submitted by Emaar are being checked and that it will conduct a 'tower by tower' assessment of FAR. "After the drawings of all the towers are checked and all the rectifications as indicated to Emaar MGF are checked, the completion certificate will be given," the spokesperson said.
Sources in DDA, however, said that Emaar might be handed over the towers one by one as their assessment is completed.
"The flats are in an immediate need of maintenance as most of them have been locked ever since the Games," said a DDA official who didn't wish to be named.
"The problem of leakage is yet to be completely rectified and the furniture used during the Games is yet to be removed from the basement," the official said.