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Seepage returns to haunt Games Village

delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2011 23:52 IST
Sidhartha Roy

They were publicised as showpiece residential properties in one of Capital's prime locations. Now, however, these flats in the Commonwealth Games Village have turned out to be uninhabitable.

In the 34 towers of the village, which has 1,168 flats, about 400 flats were expected to be allotted to people who bought them much before the Games at prices ranging from R2 crore to R5 crore.

The flats, however, are still unfit to live in, because of seepage that has been plaguing the village since last year’s monsoon.

During the monsoon, rainwater had entered the basement of the towers and remained stagnant for a long time. Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which owns the village, pumped the water out, but the seepage remained.

DDA was assigned the job of constructing the village during the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. The residential complex has been under the scanner ever since DDA started developing the project under public-private partnership along with Emaar MGF.

The village has two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom flats. Out of these, 790 belonged to Emaar MGF and the rest with DDA.

However, 333 flats were sold by Emaar MGF to DDA as part of a bailout package provided by the latter during the economic downturn.

“The flats have to be made liveable before they can be handed over,” said a senior DDA official who did not wish to be named. “At present, there is a serious seepage problem in the complex."

"Different waterproofing materials are being tried out to stop the problem of seepage in the flats. Only when the problem is taken care of, completion certificate for the flats can be given," the official said.

An Emaar MGF spokesperson said that the company has submitted a detailed proposal to DDA to provide another coating of waterproofing in the village basement.

“We have roped in experts in the field of waterproofing from IIT Delhi to ascertain the best method of doing the same,” the spokesperson said.