Mahindra Aura residents protest delay in recognition of society’s RWA
The residents also threatened to boycott the ongoing elections if the authorities did not take cognisance of their issues pertaining to the maintenance of the residential complex.Updated: Apr 22, 2019 05:49 IST
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Residents of Mahindra Aura in Sector 110 A held a protest on Sunday morning outside their complex premises against government authorities and district registrar for delaying the recognition of their elected residents’ welfare association(RWA) body since the last few months.
The residents also threatened to boycott the ongoing elections if the authorities did not take cognisance of their issues pertaining to the maintenance of the residential complex.
Mahindra Aura complex in New Palam Vihar has 799 flats and possession was given by the developer in 2016, who also formed an RWA and exited from the project. The residents now allege that a group of people, who have formed a sort of a nexus, are presently running the society without the mandate being given to them by homeowners.
“In 2016 an RWA was formed but it was dissolved after complaints were lodged against it by vested interests. The district registrar formed an ad-hoc committee of members but later a fake election was conducted and 11 people were declared winners, unopposed. This was against the rules and was done to syphon off the maintenance money,” said Sachin Agarwal, a resident.
The residents of the society are currently paying maintenance fees between ₹8,000 to ₹12,000 every month, they said. They also alleged that a large contract for installing the CCTV system was awarded at an inflated cost of ₹70 lakh, and similarly a corridor was set up for economically weaker sections (EWS) housing at the cost of ₹30 crore. “No approval from residents was sought and this entire money was wasted,” said SB Soni, a resident.
On September 16, a special general body meeting was held in the presence of a representative of the district registrar and a no-confidence motion was passed against the ad-hoc body, which had transformed itself into an elected body albeit illegally, said the residents.
“We have elected a new executive body and want the district registrar to recognise it, but he is not ready to do this. The result is that the office of the RWA, funds and all documents are in control of the people who are not legitimately elected,” said Tejinder Malik, another resident.
However, Yashesh Yadav, president of the Mahindra Aura RWA said that the allegations levelled against their executive body were false and that the district registrar had also given them a clean chit. “These allegations have been levelled by vested interests, who themselves want to control the RWA. The money on the CCTV system and the EWS corridor was spent after getting quotations from different suppliers and as per the by-laws,” said Yadav. He further said that as far as the tenure of the RWA was concerned, the Punjab and Haryana High court had granted them a stay order in this matter.
When asked about the matter, IS Yadav, district registrar, Gurugram said that he could neither recognise the new executive body nor stop the earlier one from functioning because the matter was sub-judice. “The governing body has approached a Gurugram court and also appealed to the state registrar in Chandigarh. Further action can only be taken on the directions of the court,” said Yadav.
First Published: Apr 22, 2019 05:49 IST