A month after protesting against their developer for ‘shoddy’ maintenance and ‘irregularities’ in construction, residents of The World Spa, Sector 30, expelled the building maintenance staff and put in place a new agency to take care of the operations on Sunday evening.
The condominium is home to several corporate honchos, former bureaucrats and diplomats, who had staged a protest in front of the maintenance office of the developer, Unitech, on February 8.
“At 7pm, we asked nearly 140 maintenance, security and housekeeping staff provided by Unitech to go and employed a new agency,” said Gautam Gulati, president of The World Spa Apartments Owners' Association (TWSAOW).
The maintenance agency will take care of lifts, LPG pipelines, electricity supply, gym and spa, swimming pool, club, green areas, sewerage treatment plant and other such facilities.
A spokesperson of the property management agency, deployed by the developer on Monday, denied allegations and said in an email response, “Some members of the association
illegally and forcefully took over the maintenance and operation of the complex. We are taking legal measures to safeguard our rights. As the matter is with the authorities, we won’t comment on it further.”
Tension prevailed through Sunday night as residents, including women, sat outside the gates of the condominium till the wee hours to resist any attempt by the developer's staff to enter the premises.
“We were out guarding the premises,” said Shalini Kochar, a resident.
“The developer had to return the maintenance security deposit to residents after the association was formed way back in October 2010, besides handing over the operations to them. But the same was never done,” said Gulati.
The incident was triggered by a leakage in a gas pipe in one of the building’s towers on Sunday, said residents.
“We asked the developer to rectify the problem on February 15 and 25, and again on March 5 and 7. However, they didn't respond,” alleged Lt Gen (retd) SK Bahri, a resident.
On Sunday, the TWSAOW also filed a case in the national consumer forum against Unitech for “deficiency of service.” Unitech had moved the court last month to refrain the RWA from collecting maintenance charges from residents. The matter is sub-judice.