Members of the HUDA Employees Welfare Organisation (HEWO) are up in arms over the body's decision to effect a sudden and massive increase in the construction cost of multi-storey apartments in Sector 12, Sonepat.
The increase in cost is on the account of construction of basement, change in specifications, variation in super area of flats and increase in the rates of steel and cement. In fact, several members are planning to approach the HUDA chief administrator, who is the president of the managing committee of HEWO, seeking an inquiry into the escalation of construction cost.
The decision to enhance the cost of construction, which was conveyed by the HEWO on July 31, has put a sudden and heavy financial burden on the employee members.
“We have been told to deposit an amount of Rs 14.04 lakh in three monthly installments of Rs 4.68 lakh each by November 2013. It is quite unfair to seek such a huge sum in such a short span of time,” said a member who has a utility category flat in the Sonepat group housing scheme.
Several members, mostly employees of HUDA and the urban estate department, told Hindustan Times that it was unfair on part of the HEWO to put such a huge and sudden financial burden on salaried persons.
“The fresh installments should have been adequately interspersed. Moreover, the members were not apprised of the proposed price escalation by the HEWO. The issue of construction of basement for Sector 12 Sonepat group housing society was not brought to the notice of the members earlier,” said an HEWO member requesting anonymity.
As per a July 31 communication issued to members by SC Kansal, HEWO managing director and chief controller of finance (CCF), HUDA, the cost of construction of a utility category flat in Sector 12 group housing scheme has been increased by Rs 14.04 lakh, while the increase for a super deluxe category flat is Rs 14.32 lakh. The revision will mean that HEWO employees will pay Rs 43.97 lakh for the utility category flat and Rs 52.46 lakh for super deluxe category apartment.
“Of the freshly escalated amount dished out to the members, the cost component for basement accounts for the major share,” HEWO members said. Kansal did not respond to repeated short text messages send to him on Sunday for his comment.