Residents of Sushant Lok staged a protest on Saturday against the hike in the maintenance charges — from Rs 1.00 per sq yard per month to Rs 2.50 per sq yard — by the maintenance agency.
The hike means that a plot/house owner, who had been paying Rs 3,156 as annual maintenance charges for his 263 sq yard plot, will now have to pay Rs 7,890 for one year.
Effective from April 1, the new charges have thus attracted the ire of the residents.
The resident body, representing about 5,000 families, has also claimed that services such as security, sanitation and street lighting had been deliberately reduced by the maintenance company.
The maintenance agency, Pro Facilities Services, has denied of having compromised on quality of the maintenance services. In individual circulars sent to plot and house owners, the company cited steep increase in the input cost as a reason behind the raise in the maintenance charges.
“The rates of maintenance and other charges as per the Supreme Court ruling of 2004 were Re 1.00 per sq. yd per month. As per the same ruling, these charges were to be revised in January 2005 in consultation with the RWA, who always refused to meet us. New rates were to be made effective from April 01, 2005. Also there has been an all round increase in the cost of inputs for maintenance of the building since 2004,” said Rajat Biswas, the company’s managing director.