After a peaceful three-hour-long protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday, it was victory at last for homebuyers of DLF’s New Town Heights as the real estate giant agreed to resolve all issues and give possession of the flats in the next 15 days.
The project was launched in February 2008 amid much fanfare.
But, despite waiting for over five years, the customers are yet to receive possession of their flats due in February 2011.
“We were forced to stage a protest against the builder as they were delaying giving us possession of our flats. After our meeting, DLF has agreed to offer possession of all apartments for which it has obtained the occupation certificate (OC) from the director, town and country planning department, Haryana government, by June 17,” said Nitin Grover, president of New Town Heights Residents’ Association.
“The developer has also agreed to return the preferential location charges (PLC) to the buyers who have paid the amount,” he said.
DLF senior executives and the buyers discussed all issues at length. “Yes, DLF has agreed to give possession of flats or apartments in 15 days but only to the buyers who have made full payment,” said a DLF spokesperson, adding that the PLC would be returned, too.
Wearing Gandhi caps, more than 250 buyers gathered in front of the DLF office at Sansad Marg at 10am, but the police did not allow them to sit there and raise slogans. Earlier, the DLF executives refused to meet the association members, following which the buyers attempted to block the road.
But the police thwarted their move and forced them to shift their sit-in agitation to Jantar Mantar.
“If the company does not keep its promises, we will protest again after one month,” said one of the buyers.