Miffed by the poor quality construction, consumers of the Chhattisgarh State Housing Board have refused to take possession of the houses allotted to them by the government agency.
The CSHB, intending to provide economical housing under various schemes carried out the construction of nearly 168 houses in village Barbaspur located at the city outskirts on the Korba- Champa road.
But most of the houses there have been deemed to be of poor quality and uninhabitable by the clients. "There are extensive dents on the walls and roofs rendering the houses unfit for residing," stated Sanjay Singh one of the clients.
The consumers, irked by the deplorable construction, returned the keys of the houses and have demanded action against the responsible authorities. "It is quite evident that the authorities have failed in their duty to adequately monitor the work carried out by the contractor and they must be punished for their incompetence," asserts one of the consumers.
However, the authorities of the CSHB in Korba tried to play down the issue. The regional head of the department SK Bhagat said that not many customers have approached the department with such grievances. "The grievances of the few would be addressed and if the need arises the responsible contractor would be penalised, whose final payment has not been released yet," assured Bhagat.
It is to be mentioned that the cost of the houses meant for lower income group was increased by over 10 per cent from the initial cost of about Rs 2 lakh on inflationary account. Despite the increase, the results have been shoddier and the consumers, eagerly waiting for their dream houses, are now a disappointed lot.