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Games Village flats a puzzle for buyers

delhi Updated: May 19, 2012 00:11 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy
Hindustan Times
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If you are buying a house that will cost you anything between Rs. 2.5 and Rs. 6 crore, it is understandable you’d expect the developer to answer all your questions and doubts.

But expect no such luck if you are coveting a flat at the Commonwealth Games Village (CWG), 110 of which are being auctioned by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

The CWG Village, built under public-private partnership between DDA and developer Emaar MGF, is spread over 27 acres and comprise 34 towers with 1,168 flats. DDA, which has more than 700 flats in its share, is auctioning 110 flats first to get an idea about the market price.

The flats would be auctioned at ‘as is where is’ basis and the DDA has asked the potential buyers to visit the village and ‘satisfy’ themselves about their conditions.

While the village has been witnessing a steady stream of visitors for the past few weeks, some have complained that the DDA staff at the site does not have thorough knowledge about the complex.

“The flats are claimed to be of two-star rating but the reality was a far cry from it,” said Neerja Ahluwalia, a lawyer.

“The staff that DDA has deployed is absolutely clueless about the facilities. Though they said that water supply is round -the-clock and there is power backup, they had no clue where the water treatment plant, pressure pumps or power backup systems were installed,” she said.

“DDA claims in its advertisement that the sporting infrastructure at the village would be open to flat buyers but the staff told us that they are only selling flats and have no idea about the sports facilities,” said another visitor Pawan Sharma (name changed on request).

When HT visited the village on Thursday, DDA engineers at the site looked hassled due to the constant flow of visitors and queries.

On being asked about the water supply, a DDA junior engineer said it would be provided by the Delhi Jal Board but had no clue about 1 MGD water treatment plant at
the village or about overhead water tanks. "Those must be on the roof or under the ground," he said. He hadn't heard about the 1 MGD sewage treatment plant either.

The engineer, however, was aware of the power sub-station for the village and generators for power backup.

'Satisfying' yourself about the flats means a very long walk inside the village with no signage guiding you towards tower numbers 1, 9 and 14, where flats are up for auction. While DDA engineers meet customers at a flat turned site office, security guards show the flats.

DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar, however, said no complaints were received from potential buyers. "The DDA engineers at the village have thorough knowledge about the flats and the complex," she said.