Irked by the delay in giving possession of flats, 100 homebuyers of Today Canary Greens project in Sector 73 held a demonstration against the developer at Subhash Chowk, Shona Road, on Sunday.
Last month, buyers had approached the builder, Today Homes, and raised concerns about the delay in handing over apartments. While investors were assured that their concerns will be looked into, they allege that no action has been taken.
Amit Raheja, who has invested in the project , said, “The project was to be handed over to us in 2014. Almost 90 % of the money has been paid but we still have not got possession of our flats. Only brick and concrete walls have been constructed at the site so far.”
Investors also say that the builder has been demanding more money from them without delivering the flats.
“There are many issues with regard to the company’s projects. In case of this project, they have charged for parking space even when they do not have any plan for that,” Maniram Bisnoi, another homebuyer, said.
Protestors claimed none of the 450 buyers who have invested in the project that spreads across 11 acres have received finished flats. The builder has not compensated buyers for the delay either.
“We have been paying rent and EMI for the last two years. We have lost all our savings now,” Basant Bhumka, one of the protesters, said.
VK Arora, an aggrieved buyer said that there is no intention on part of the builder to complete the project. “We are mostly senior citizens who have no options left.”
Buyers have registered their grievances with the CM window and have sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s office but there has been no response so far.
A company spokesman said that the project got delayed for reasons beyond their control. “It is mainly because our main contractor got bankrupt and banks came to our site and impounded his machinery.... he went to court and the litigation is still going on and we had to bear huge losses.”
The spokesperson said that the company still tried to expedite the work and appointed another contractor. However, there was some problem in the management of the contractor and they abandoned the work. As the contractor did not clear the site, it led to a further delay in appointing another contractor. The spokesperson said that there was also a delay in supply of materials such as steel and bricks.
“We are trying our best and by 2017, we will start offering possession. We request everyone to be patient ..and we are ready to fulfil our commitment,” the spokesperson said.