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Residents pay the price for developers' fault

GDA says societies with no completion certificate can't get water supply

india Updated: Oct 15, 2012 15:27 IST
Amit Kumar

Many housing complexes in the trans-Hindon area are not eligible for Ganga water supply and sewer connection. Residents living in these apartments for the past several years got the shock of their lives when they came to know that their promoters had not taken the mandatory completion certificate from the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). The trans-Hindon area includes Indirapuram, Vaishali, Kaushambi and Vasundhara.

The residents of these areas are largely dependent on groundwater, which is of poor quality with high content of salt.

The matter came to light when the RWA of Vijaya Apartment at Ahinsa Khand-II applied for Ganga water connection with GDA. The GDA, in its reply, said that the housing society could not get the water connection as promoters did not ask for a completion certificate from it.

The residents were more surprised to know that the sewage connection of their building is also illegal as the promoters of the apartment had connected the sewer line without taking any permission from GDA. “When we received a letter dated October 3, 2012 from the office of assistant engineer, zone-6, GDA, we came to know that promoters have not taken permission to connect the sewer line,” said SK Singh, treasurer of the RWA. A copy of the letter is with HT.

For flouting the rules, the GDA has asked the RWA to deposit Rs. 14.5 lakh for using sewer line from July 1, 2005. “If we deposit Rs. 14.5 lakh, then only our apartment will get temporary Ganga water connection and sewer connection with a condition that we will submit the documents related to registry and completion certificate,” said Singh.

“We have issued a notice to the builders of Vijaya Apartment. We know this is not a fault of residents and they should not suffer. In case of new apartments, GDA does not allow any possession until the builders get the completion certificate and other NOCs,” said Dharmendra Pratap Singh, officer on special duty, GDA.

It is not a one-off case in the city. There are many apartments in the trans-Hindon area, which did not have a completion certificate. “Many big apartments in Indirapuram, Vaishali and Vasundhara did not have any completion certificate. They do not have Ganga water supply and residents are fully dependent on groundwater for their daily needs,” said Alok Kumar, vice-president, Ghaziabad RWA Federation.

GDA officials say that flat buyers should enquire about the status of completion certificate, fire NOC and other related information before taking the possession of their flats.

“Buyers are forced to take possession of incomplete flats as the registry office does not ask for a completion certificate and other related documents. The registry office does not object as it has to achieve a target set by the revenue department,” said SK Pal, an advocate and resident of Indirapuram.

Flat owners say that it is impractical to enquire about the completion certificate. They say that the registry of a flat should be allowed only after clearances from all the departments.

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