The apathy of the municipal corporation and district administration towards addressing greivances of residents living in flats in Sikand Tower, a residential-cum-commercial complex, is evident from its "inaction" in over 20 complaints in the past two years.
Seven out of eight flat owners, who had bought the flats in Sikand Tower at Dr Hira Singh Road, Civil Lines, after 2000 have allegedly not got facilities promised by the complex owner.
On the contrary, when the residents after registering a welfare association in the name of Blossom Residents' Welfare Association sent a complaint to the municipal commissioner and deputy commissioner in 2011, the building owner, Bharat Bhushan Sharma, allegedly intimidated the flat owners.
As a result, the welfare association gave a complaint to police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill against Sharma, accusing him of giving threats of life and liberty to the residents.
A copy has been sent to chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court, Punjab State Human Rights Commission chairman, director general of police and DIG, Ludhiana range.
The complaint categorically refers to the building violations, including missing NOC from the fire department, installation of mobile tower on the roof top without any permission and misuse of parking space for commercial activity.
The complainants claim they spent their savings to buy the flats, but all they got in return was parking on the roadside, leaking roofs and no access to the roof.
PC Goyal, a senior citizen, who is living in one of the flats for the past three years, while sharing his woes stated that he had bought the flat for Rs 16 lakh, but had failed to get its worth.
"Despite having the basement, which as per the rules is meant for parking, we have to park our cars on the road as the owner doesn't allow us to use the parking. The parking has been given for commercial activities like workshop for a boutique, godown and store to the owners of various commercial establishments in the tower," Goyal alleged.
Similarly, Monica Negi, the general secretary of the welfare association, alleged, "Sharma's associates have threatened me stop giving complaints against him or face dire consequences of physical harm. His goons have also gone to the extent of damaging our vehicles for which we had registered a complaint with the SHO at Division Number 8 police station. But in vain."
The residents also alleged that they were paying for maintenance charges at the rate of Rs 300 per year, but the building owner had never carried out repair works. Thus they stopped paying for the same.
When contacted, refuting the allegations, Sharma said," Its clearly mentioned in the registry that the residents of the flats will not have access to the roof and they do not have the parking facility because they have failed to pay the maintenance charges for the past 12 years."