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Hand over CWG flats to owners fast: HC

delhi Updated: Feb 24, 2012 01:08 IST
Harish V Nair

The wait seems to be finally over for the owners of posh flats in Commonwealth Games Village near the Akshardham Temple . The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the DDA to expedite the process of issuing completion certificates to the flat owners.

This was after the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) informed the court that it had already started the process by granting certificates for flats in four towers — 1, 3, 4 and 9. There are a total of 34 towers with 1,168 flats. “We have already issued certificates to the flat owners in four towers and will soon start the process for 28 more towers,” DDA counsel Ajay Verma told Justice Hima Kohli.

DDA said the completion certificates for four towers — 5, 15, 26 and 28 would be kept on hold till the dispute between the developers EMAAR-MGF and DDA over the floor area ratio (FAR) was sorted. “The DDA shall complete the issuance of completion certificates as expeditiously as possible. Regarding the towers in dispute on the issue of FAR, the developers may pay the applicable charges liable under the statute to the DDA,” said Kohli.

The court was hearing a petition filed by CWG flat allottees’ association, seeking a direction to the DDA regarding issuance of completion certificates. For more than a year, the allottees who had pumped in crores were caught in a fight between DDA and EMAAR-MGF over the latter’s alleged FAR violation.

The judge made it clear that any ad in newspapers regarding the draw of lots or auction would be issued only after the court was convinced that the DDA had completed its internal process. The DDA has also been asked to inspect the flats, which remained unoccupied ever since the Games athletes vacated them in December 2010, and undertake repair works before handing over the possession.

Things started moving in favour of the allottees only on December 18, 2011, when the court slammed the urban development ministry for delay in handing over the flats to buyers. The DDA had approached the ministry for regularisation of the 12,841.35 sq. metre excess built-up area in the Games Complex.

Mixed reaction from buyers

There was mixed reaction from 400 people who have bought flats in Games Village, after the HC ordered the DDA to expedite the process of issuing completion certificates. “Though the court’s direction is positive, we are unhappy that the fate of two towers — 5 and 15 — is still unsure,” said Shalabh Tandon, a flat owner. “We hope that most owners will get possession of their flats within a month, if the DDA works efficiently,” he added.

Another owner, Mukesh Mohan Gupta, however, feels that there are still some complexities involved in the issuance of completion certificates by DDA. “Knowing the way DDA works, I believe it will take four to five years for us to get possession of the flats,” he said. HTC