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Relief for flat buyers at Games village

Flat owners at the Commonwealth Games Village can now smile.
Hindustan Times | By Sidhartha Roy, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 11:23 PM IST

Flat owners at the Commonwealth Games Village can now smile.

Following the Delhi High Court’s directives, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has finally awarded completion certificates to 20 out of 34 towers in the residential complex, which has a total of 1,168 flats. These 20 towers house approximately 650 flats.

The mega sporting event was held in October 2010. But even after one-and-a-half years, around 400 people, who had purchased flats at the Commonwealth Games Village complex much before the event started, are yet to get possession.

On February 23, the court had directed the DDA to expedite the process of issuing completion certificates to the flats. “We have issued certificates for 20 towers from 1 to 22, except for towers 5 and 15,” said a senior DDA official, requesting not to be named.

Earlier, the agency had withheld the completion certificates claiming that the developer, Emaar MGF, had exceeded the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) by constructing some extra flats. Due to the dispute over FAR, completion certificates were not awarded to any tower.

The DDA has now withheld completion certificates for towers 5, 15, 26 and 28 till the row with Emaar MGF is over. With certificates now issued for 20 towers, the remaining 10 are also likely to get a clearance soon.

However, the process of handing over the flats to the owners may still take a couple of months. “The flats have remained locked since October 2010 and are in not a very good shape. They will have to be first repaired and refurbished, before being handed over to the owners,” the official said.

The flat owners, who have pumped in crores to buy these posh flats, were left stranded due to FAR dispute between the DDA and Emaar MGF. The agency had alleged that the developer had violated FAR.

The CWG flat allottees’ association filed a petition in the court, seeking a direction to the DDA to issue completion certificates to the houses. The court had also ruled that the developer may pay charges liable under the statute to the DDA on the issue of FAR.

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