Around 900 flat-owners of Indra Puram colony on the city outskirts are a harassed lot as despite having paid the full amount to the Jalandhar improvement trust, they can't live in the colony for lack of basic amenities such as electricity, water and sewerage connections.
The flat-owners allege that the improvement trust had committed a big fraud on them. The flats were bought in installments, which were paid since 2006 till September 2009.
The flat-owners are now planning to move the consumer court against the improvement trust for the deficiency in its service. The owners say that they would seek compensation for the harassment as three years had passed since they paid the last installment and there was no electricity connections.
"The trust had fixed the rate of each flat at Rs 3.70 lakh and the sum was to be deposited in installments. We started giving installments from 2006 till September 2009. Before the final installment, we got a notice from the trust that we need had to deposit Rs 62,000 in addition to the already fixed cost of flat, saying the cost of construction had increased," said Kewal Krishan Suri, the general secretary of the Indra Puram flat-owners' welfare and development society.
He said that the trust had stated that the flats were complete and the owners should take possession by depositing the additional amount, otherwise they would have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 per month.
All the allottees deposited the money and after enquiry found that the trust was in the wrong to charge the additional sum.
When contacted, executive officer of the trust Jatinder Singh said that electricity connections could not be provided as the main supply line was yet to be laid by Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL) as the corporation started work late. On additional amount of Rs 62,000 that was charged from the owners, he said that it was a mistake and they had written to the government to refund this amount to all the owners.
Raman Kumar, president of the society
"Since we are not living in the flats, their condition has started deteriorating. The money spent by us has gone a waste ."
Mohit Babbar, a flat-owner
"We have been suffering for the last three years and the trust authorities are responsible for that. They should compensate us for the harassment."
Harbhajan Singh, a flat-owner
"Charging Rs 62,000 over and above the flat cost was unjustified. The money should be returned with interest to us."
Ajay Sharma, a flat-owner
"Our dream of living in our own house has shattered and instead we are making rounds of trust office for the last three years."