Ghaziabad admin to probe RWAs ‘threat’ to snap power, water to bachelors, working women
The district magistrate said that such activities will be dealt with strongly. The officials said that the complaints primarily came from Indirapuram, which has a presence of several high-rises.noida Updated: Aug 09, 2017 22:20 IST
The Ghaziabad district magistrate has ordered an inquiry into complainants that RWAs are threatening to snap power and water connections of tenants, especially single working women and bachelors, if they did not vacate the premises.
The district magistrate said that such activities will be dealt with strongly.
District magistrate (DM) Ministhy S took cognizance of several complaints submitted by flat owners and ordered an inquiry into the complaints. The officials said that the complaints primarily came from Indirapuram, which has a presence of several high-rises.
“The RWAs should not intervene in such matters when the flat owner is ready to rent out the flat to students and working women. I will get an inquiry conducted into the matter. We have also received complaints that boards displaying ‘bachelors not allowed’ or ‘working women not allowed’ have been put up. RWAs cannot carry out such an action, as it is against the law,” the DM said.
The DM said that she has also spoken to the deputy registrar of societies (Meerut) for further action into the matter.
In one of the complaints, a flat owner from Indirapuram stated that she rented out the flat to young women and they were abiding by the rules and regulations of the high-rise. She alleged that the RWA has been threatening to cut connections of their utilities if they do not vacate the flat.
“RWAs/AOAs have put up boards restricting bachelors outside high-rises. It is not justified to disallow a person from renting premises on the basis of marital status. The residents should inform the flat owner if they face any problem. The model by-laws don’t allow associations to disallow bachelors or working women. They have no right to stop essential services,” Alok Kumar, founding member, the federation of apartment owners’ association, said.
“However, in some cases, it has been found that owners have rented out the flat to multiple persons, in the style of a PG. This should not be allowed as it falls under commercial activity,” he said.
There are nearly 300 high-rises in Ghaziabad and the housing sector has seen rapid development in the last decade. However, there is no hostel for working women or students who come to work and study here.
“The DM should conduct an inquiry into the matter. Residents are apprehensive that bachelors may create a nuisance or party late night, causing problems for other residents. However, there is no provision to deprive anyone of essential services. No RWA or AOA can enforce such a law,” said Colonel (retired) TP Tyagi, president of flat owners’ federation.
“AOAs are governed by model by-laws. Under no section do the by-laws mention that bachelors can be disallowed. The policy of putting up boards banning bachelors and working women is wrong and cannot be enforced, as per law,” he said.