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High maintenance, no facilities irk residents

india Updated: Jun 17, 2012 01:18 IST
HT Correspondent

Around 50 residents of a multi-storeyed complex in Sector 57 — The Legend — staged a demonstration against their builder, Clarion Properties Ltd, on Saturday.

The residents, backed by Gurgaon-based Joint Action Forum of Residents’ Associations (Jafra), alleged that the builder had delayed the handing over of possession of the flats and poor amenities despite paying hefty amounts.

They alleged that facilities such as club house, gymnasium, squash and badminton courts, joggers’ track, nursery school and convenience shops were yet to be completed.

Clarion Properties Ltd’s director Deepak Agarwal refuted the allegations and said “only a few families have issues with us.”

The complex has 530 apartments, including 24 penthouses and 30 villas, but only 200 of them are currently occupied.

The property was launched in 2005 at the cost of Rs. 1 crore per flat and the possessions were handed out in the beginning of 2010, which residents claim had been delayed by two years.

The Legend Homes’ Resident Welfare Association (RWA) alleged that “the builder is charging the entire maintenance cost from 200 residents who are residing in the complex.”

Jafra president Col (retd) Rattan Singh said, “The matter will be raised with the district administration and town and country planning department.”

Refuting the allegations, Agarwal said, “Electricity was disconnected for a few minutes of only those residents who had not been paying the maintenance charge.”

Sources said the residents had secured a stay order from the court restraining the builder from disrupting essential services like water and electricity.

RWA secretary Dr Anchita Patil said the residents had filed two court cases against the builders — one over discrepancies in the electric billing system and other as a pre-emptive measure asking the court for a stay on the sale or commercialisation of the common areas and economically weaker section (EWS) flats.

Meanwhile, Agarwal said he was willing to handover the common areas to residents and the company was only waiting for the remaining 200 flats to be occupied.