Following orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court to the Gurgaon police not to interfere in issues between the developer and the residents of Ambience Lagoon, an election for residents’ body is likely to be held soon. Ambience Lagoon is an upscale condominium near Ambience Mall.
The move comes as a relief to residents of the society, who had filed a writ petition in the high court in January 2017, challenging the recommendations of a government panel to resolve the problems between them and the developer.
Residents alleged that the developer had formed its own residents’ welfare association, Lagoon Residents Apartments Complex Association (LRACA) despite an elected RWA — Ambience Lagoon residents’ welfare complex association (Alarwa) — in place.
“It’s a victory for residents. We can finally choose the association and will run the complex without any hassle,” Neeti Dabral, secretary of Alarwa, said.
Alarwa is not a welfare association but an association of apartment owners formed in 2003.
As the builder failed to file a deed of declaration within the stipulated 90-day period after obtaining the occupation certificate in 2002, the apartment owners formed the association.
“On April 26, we have to appear at the high court to confirm if the list of owners provided by the builder is correct. Hopefully, the bench will announce the date for elections on the same day,” said Praveen Kakkar, president of Alarwa.
The order states that for holding fresh polls under the direct supervision of the court, all apartment owners shall be treated as being members of LRACA.
“The recent judgement of the Punjab and Haryana high court, ordering court-supervised elections in the RWA, is a welcome relief,” Sanjay Lal Mathur, president of the Ambience Lagoon RWA, said.
“It is a strong statement from the court that the democratic will of the majority must not be subverted by subterfuge and manipulation by powerful, vested interests,” Mathur said.
Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon police commissioner, said that the police never interfered in the issue.
Raj Singh Gahlot, the chairman of Ambience group, the developer of the condominium, said, “The high court has upheld the stand of the builder and of the committee formed by the chief minister. The court said LRACA is a legally formed association and all residents should join it.”