The residents of The Legend condominium in Sector 57 pride themselves with their well-ventilated homes, good roads and self-sufficient security systems.
With as many as 529 apartments, including 29 villas, the condominium is one of the few in the city trying to amicably reach a maintenance handover agreement with the developer.
“As of now, we are negotiating with the builder for the handover of maintenance work. We want the plans and documents from the builder. Only then can we confidently take-over the maintenance of the property,” says Anchita Patil, secretary, RWA.
Anchita adds that the builder had promised to give the RWA the handover documents two weeks back, but didn’t do so. The residents want a third party auditor to review the property so as to understand the maintenance problems of the building and make the property fit for maintenance before the handover.
One key problem that the residents have to face is sewerage. The residents have an in-house sewerage treatment plant (STP) which is not linked to the government’s sewerage line. “We are pressuring the builder to get the STP fully linked to the government’s sewerage lines,” says Sunil Malhotra, vice president, RWA.
Malhotra adds that seepage too poses as a challenge with continuous leaking in the basement, which acts as a parking lot. “Our basement is flooded during the monsoon. The cars get damaged and the entire area starts stinking,” he says.
Asked about the maintenance issues, Clarion director Manish Agarwal said: “Maintenance is already with the RWA. We want to handover the maintenance in an amicable way, but the residents’ demands keep increasing. The problem of seepage and STPs has been solved. There is routine maintenance that needs to be done.”
Agarwal added that the registrar of societies has appointed an administrator to look into the problems and appoint a new body for Legend Condominium Association.
While the condominium is home to some problems, its residents have worked towards improving their community and security facilities. “We have an excellent cultural committee and every festival sees a healthy participation by residents. We also organise our own Legend Premier League for cricket,” says Amit.
Upgraded security measures are also a result of the efforts of residents. The condominium’s residents use smart cards and tags for vehicles and also got CCTVs and fire doors installed in the complex. They are also pressuring the builder for fire sensors in the basement.
“The builder realises that there are key problems that need their attention. We are on the negotiating table with them so that these can be rectified as soon as possible,” says Bhushan Patil, another resident.