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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Kolkata: NRI buyers protest delay in completion of housing project

Subhendu Maiti , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 24, 2013
First Published: 10:12 IST(24/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:15 IST(24/9/2013)

Non-resident Indian (NRI) buyers, along with those from the metropolis, will stage a demonstration at the gate of the Kolkata West International City (KWIC), the country’s biggest township project, at Salap in Howrah on Tuesday, demanding the immediate completion and handover of their apartments.

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KMDA had leased out around 390 acres of land to the Universal Success Enterprise (USE) for setting up the township in 2006.

“Buyers of 508 apartments in A and B clusters (Phase 1) have received occupancy certificates from KMDA and 200 customers have taken possession.

The construction work of other units in C and D clusters has got delayed owing to some reasons. Around 100 more apartments are targeted for completion by the end of this year,” a spokesperson of USE, promoter of the KWIC project, told HT.

However, the buyers who come from countries such as Bahrain, Singapore, Germany or even Mumbai or Delhi are fed up with the excuses offered by the promoter.

“It is a very sad story of how 900 hapless customers are waiting to get their apartments or bungalows at KWIC township since 2007 even after paying 80% of the cost of the flats.

The promoter is repeatedly extending the deadlines of completion and hand over of the apartments to us since 2008,” said Abhay Upadhyay, president of KWIC Buyers’ Welfare Association.

He added that they would stage a demonstration at the gate of the township on Tuesday.

The aggrieved NRI buyers who had paid for the cost are also flying in and will be present in Howrah to protest and demand the immediate completion and handover of the flats.

“We will also meet the Prime Minister and request his intervention if promoter and NRI businessman Prasoon Mukherjee turns a deaf ear to our agitation,” Upadhyaay said.

Uday Ghosh, the Southeast Asia chief executive officer (CEO) of a Dubai-based German consumer electronics company, reached Kolkata on Monday to take part in the demonstration.

His son, Suryaon, is also coming from Germany to raise his voice.

“I had paid R85 lakh in 2007 to the company for a 3,000 sq ft bungalow at KWIC’s C cluster because I had a dream of coming back to Bengal after spending 30 long years abroad. But my dream still remains a far cry. I have written to the Prime Minister, Union home minister and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the SBI chairman. The chief minister still remains silent at a time the SBI chairman has taken prompt action, directing his general manager in Kolkata to look into the matter,” Ghosh told HT.

Many customers like Dipanjan Das in Bangalore or Sudeep Ghosal in Delhi will also be at Salap to protest.


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