As many as 500 homebuyers of DLF New Town Heights, Gurgaon held a demonstration against the developer for delay in handing over possession of the flats. They alleged that they had incurred a collective loss of over R680 crore.
The aggrieved homeowners demonstrated against the developer at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Fighting for their right to get their home on time, the homeowners protested peacefully by putting up banners and pictures showing the poor state of the complex and shouting slogans against the company and DTCP.
The New Town Heights, Gurgaon project was launched between February 2008 to March 2008. There are more than 3,000 flats in three projects of New Town Heights in sectors 86, 90 and 91. According to the association, the homeowners were promised possession by February to March 2011 which the developer failed to abide by. Despite waiting for more than 5.5 years, the customers have not yet received possession of their apartments.
The association alleged that the developer had been giving false assurances on timelines. The DTCP (Department of Town & Country Planning, Haryana) issued the Occupancy Certificates (OC) to DLF in February 2013, according to which the homeowners were to receive possession within a month’s time. Despite this, the homeowners still do not have possession of their homes and moreover the complex is still unfinished and heavy construction continues to happen even in towers for which OC has been granted.
According to the Association, “These homes from inside are in a bad condition with no doors, windows or toilets. The state of apartments is so bad that DLF has not been able to handover apartments even after six months of receipt of OC. As per the agreement signed between DLF and customers, DLF has promised to handover homes within 30 days after getting OC from DTCP.”
“By getting the OC before completion of construction, DLF has breached its own agreement clause 17 that provides for compensation for failure to hand over apartments. It has stopped paying compensation to homebuyers who have to pay both the EMI and the house rent. This amounts to over R30 crore, which is increasing every passing day,” allege homeowners.
Said Nitin Grover, president, New Town Heights Homeowners Association, “We have invested our hard-earned money into buying a house and most of us are first-time buyers. The developer is not only playing with emotions of common people like us who dream of owning their own home, but also invading a huge amount of money. We would like DLF to take an immediate action in this regard and give us a final date of possession and pay us delay compensation till actual possession in line with its own contract. If the company does not keep its promises, we will protest again until our demands are met.”
“DLF has also added additional seven floors in certain towers (M and N Sector 90) and added an additional tower (Tower A Sector 90) in the complex as late as 2012. Through this action DLF made more than R100 crore at the cost of customers who now have to wait till 2014 or 2015 to get their homes,” he alleged.