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DLF residents to pay more for better living

india Updated: May 21, 2011 00:37 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

After a series of meetings and deliberations for months, various residents' welfare associations (RWAs) of DLF City have finally agreed to allow the developer company to enhance maintenance charges. This, from the existing Rs 1 per sq yard to Rs 2.5 effective July 1.

Both sides have agreed to form a Residents' Advisory Council (RAC) comprising representatives from several RWAs of DLF City. It will jointly take decisions on issues related to maintenance of DLF City, formerly known as DLF Qutub Enclave.

The decision will impact people living in the odd 10,000 houses, where DLF Estate Management Limited (DEML) is maintaining the services. Currently, the maintenance for the gated communities with high-rise structures is done by the RWAs concerned. With this, DEML has also agreed to improve the level of services.

Madan Yadav, president of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA (QERWA), said the RWA will allow the company to hike the charges after a series of meetings with DLF officials. "The entire executive body of QERWA had a detailed meeting with the DLF top brass recently. It ended with the decision that DLF and RWAs will jointly form the RAC to bring transparency in expenses on maintenance. The new rates will be effective from July 1," said Yadav.

Earlier, RWAs had asked the developers of DLF City to disclose their sources of income and to ensure transparency before implementing the steep hike in maintenance charges from. It was supposed to come into effect on April 1.

The existing rates have been applicable since 2004. Then the overheads on maintaining the township had multiplied manifold and it became necessary to implement the hiked charges to provide better services to residents, claimed DLF officials.

"We are ready to reveal the expenditure and income comparison to RWAs," said Arun Anand, executive director (town administration), DLF Group.

Case so far
Various resident welfare associations (RWAs) had held a discussion on the proposed hike in maintenance charges at DLF City on March 28.

The RWAs, under the aegis of the Gurgaon Citizens' Council (GCC), have asked the developer to show all the sources of revenue and expenditure.

The hike would be implemented on April 1, as they had agreed.

GCC president RS Rathee said DLF plans to hike maintenance charges from the existing R1 per square yard per month to Rs 2.5 in DLF City would be done only after consultation with RWAs.

The hike would be applicable on residents only after the associations were convinced of its requirement.

DLF Group claimed most RWAs in DLF City agreed to the revised maintenance charges. This, after overheads on maintaining the township increased manifold. A DLF official said it was necessary to implement the new charges to provide better services to residents.

Residents hopeful
Many residents in DLF City said they hope to see good results once the maintenance charges are hiked.

Since the hiked charges will put some pressure on the income of residents, they want the charges to justify their paying more.

They said they needed a boundary wall, and it would remain a priority because crimes are rising in the Millennium City. These walls can prevent intruders in the gated community. Security is a major concern here.

Maintenance of parks and green zones also needs to be improved in a large scale, say residents.