The Palam Vihar Residents Association (PVRA) has moved the Gurgaon court against the township developer Ansal (API) and the maintenance firm.
It has sought participation in the decision-making process after the developer allegedly involved a third party for the area's upkeep, without their consent.
Palam Vihar comprises three Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) sectors — Sector-1 includes G to K Block, Sector-2 includes A to F Block, and Sector 3 includes C-1 and C-2 blocks.
Amid no improvement in maintenance, residents have decided not to not to pay hiked upkeep charges.
"Earlier, I was paying R250 per month for my 470 square yard plot at the rate of R0.56 per sq yard. Now, with the hiked rates of R2.50, my maintenance bill will jump to R1200. I don't have a problem paying up, but where are the facilities for the extra money we will pay," a Palam Vihar resident said.
Commenting on th issue of involving a third party to look after maintenance of the locality, Major Vinay Khullar, general secretary, PVRA, said, "It is not important how much we have to pay. The developer has appointed a third party for maintenance (PROFAC) and we are not ready for it. Residents who are paying R2.50 per sq yard say the services are not worth 50 paise also. A rate of 56 paise per sq yard was agreed upon. The decision has to be taken mutually. The developer can't impose their decision on us. We had no option but move court."
However, NK Sehgal, senior consultant (president), Ansal (API), begged to differ.
"We have the rights to appoint anybody to look after the maintenance of the area. The residents never had problems in the past two years. Suddenly, they have issues. There are pending dues. Amid demands for payment, they start having problems," he said.