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Buyers to get info at BMC cell soon

THE MUCH-TALKED-about demolition of unauthorised portion of Jaya Bachchan?s flat along with 23 others? last month has brought into sharp focus the false promises builders make to flat owners during purchase.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 15:24 IST

THE MUCH-TALKED-about demolition of unauthorised portion of  Jaya Bachchan’s flat along with 23 others’ last month has brought into sharp focus the false promises builders make to flat owners during purchase.

Flat owners often trust the builders, only to repent their mistake later. This was precisely what happened in the Ansal Lake View Apartment residents versus Bhopal Municipal Corporation  (BMC) case.

Now, the BMC has decided to set up a cell where citizens can get all the necessary information about building permission. “The cell will enable the people to collect all the information before purchase of property,” Mayor Sunil Sood told the Hindustan Times.

The proposed cell will be useful for citizens waiting to purchase property developed by builders across the City.  Proper information will save them from the avoidable inconvenience and loss of money  the 24 duped flat owners of Ansals Lake View Apartment suffered.

Their long fight with the BMC in courts proved futile as first the district and then the High Court rejected their pleas to retain the boundary walls on the disputed land. Now, the residents have filed a petition in the Supreme Court.

The residents apparently had no idea that the builder had taken them for a ride about the open land adjoining their flats. They were ‘authorised through a letter from the builder - Ansal Housing and Construction Limited - to construct boundary walls or fencing on the open land. Besides, the society of this campus also permitted erection of fencing or the boundary wall.

The flat owners did not know that the land sold to them is shown as open land in the map approved by the BMC  and the Town and Country Planning Department.

Neither the society nor the builder has power to authorise anybody for construction as per the rules. Only the BMC has the right to approve any construction in its limits.

“The residents had not examined the documents. After development, open land could not be sold or used for any other purpose. In such societies, the open land is meant for use of all residents,” said a BMC building permission official.