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Maintenance is biggest worry, say Uniworld Gardens residents

india Updated: May 21, 2013 01:57 IST
Charumati Sankaran

With new buildings coming up in every nook and cranny of the city and rising number of liquor vends along Sohna Road, Uniworld Gardens’ location has put it in the midst of an ever-growing civic mess. Making matters worse, the developer also gives the residents an allegedly harrowing time.

The residents’ welfare association (RWA) members say that the administration is hand-in-glove with the developer, giving it leeway to avoid responsibilities. “The developer overlooks responsibilities and we don’t have the funds to carry out the necessary repairs,” said an executive member of the RWA. Uniworld Gardens in Sector 47 has 506 apartments spread over as many as 8 towers and a total of 80 units, according to the RWA.

“I am not aware of the problems but I will try to get in touch with the Unitech officials and comment only after I get the replies,” said a Unitech spokesperson.

“The foremost problem that we face is the issue of the handover of the R9-crore interest bearing maintenance security (IBMS) amount, which is in possession of the developer. This has affected maintenance in a big way. The talks of handover are in progress, but we want to be assured that we will get the money before the handover. The builder has to give us our money before we can completely take over maintenance,” said Colonel Oberoi, president, RWA, Uniworld Gardens.

The absence of adequate maintenance has made the residents feel somewhat crippled and confined to what they imagined would be their dream home. “The problem of inadequate security has restricted the movement of residents and our condominium poses a volley of inconveniences. At its current state, it is not at all a home of our dreams,” said one of the residents.

The developer has hired a security agency that keeps changing the guards at their convenience.

While the swimming pool at one point did not have any water supply, the exterior of the buildings is ruined as a result of seepage. The developer also refuses to undertake repair work within the buildings, say irate residents.

“Security is a concern because Metro connectivity is limited. Liquor vends are situated along the road and cases of road rage are rampant. The public nuisance caused by the people frequenting the liquor vendors make the women feel vulnerable,” said Shruti Oberoi, a resident.

Shruti added that seepage was also a major problem in the complex and it is in a deplorable condition due to the lack of maintenance. “There are water bodies which have no water. Water and power supply are inadequate, needing intermittent backup,” she said.

“There are frequent power cuts and the lifts stop functioning. Seepage is a challenge and the problem is even more acute in the basement,” said another resident.