Fed up with poor maintenance and lack of facilities, three residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) of Malibu Towne have joined hands to fight against the developer’s decision to carry on with the maintenance work.
“The maintenance has never been satisfactory for the past 20 years despite regular payments by residents to the builder for facilities like power sub-station, club, community centre and tennis court,” said Vinod Kohli, chairman of RWAs governing council.
The residents said that the maintenance contract for a swimming pool and a gymnasium of the colony was given to a third party which has increased fee up to Rs. 2,000 from Rs. 500 and also allowed outsiders.
The builder, however, denied the allegations, saying that no outsiders are allowed and the entry fee is Rs. 1,000 and not Rs. 2,000.
“The fee is Rs. 1,000 and children below three years are exempted. We have not allowed any outsider in the two facilities,” said Subhash Sharma, general manager, Malibu Estate Pvt Ltd.
The company was formed by the developer five years ago and was handed over the jobs of maintenance of the colony.
The residents had opposed the move. They sought an explanation about why a separate company was formed and whether it would work in cooperation with the residents or not.
“In 1995, the builder had told residents that a club would be operational in maximum three months and now it is 17 years and the club is not operational,” said Swami Saran Sharma, another member of the governing council.
Gurgaon town planning department has also taken initiative after residents’ repeated complaints.
“I have written a letter to the head office in Chandigarh against the builder’s monopoly and negligence in not making the club functional despite several reminders by the town planning department,” said RK Singh, senior town planner (STP), Gurgaon.
He said the builder is breaching the agreement it has made with the Haryana government.