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DLF takes a toll on tenants

Scores of young call centre employees staying on rent in plush DLF City may soon have to settle for less luxury accommodation elsewhere.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 02:47 IST

Scores of young call centre employees staying on rent in plush DLF City may soon have to settle for less luxury accommodation elsewhere. Or else, they risk walking 2-3 km every day to reach their flats from the main gates after office is over.

The DLF authorities slapped a steep entry fee of Rs 100 on all call centre cabs coming to pick up or drop staffers home. The call centres, firm on not paying the fee, have advised employees to move out to "non-troublesome" colonies.

In fact, many employees - too tired to walk it at the end of a gruelling shift - are scouting for new homes.

The DLF authorities termed their decision as "legitimate", saying these commercial vehicles were using roads made by the realtor.

DLF executive director K.K. Bhattacharya told the HT from Germany over phone that the decision to charge entry fee from the cabs was not unreasonable.

"First, the internal roads of our colonies were made by us and are being maintained by us. Secondly, the new practice would put an end to the traffic jams on the colony roads which occurs because of commercial vehicles using these roads as short cut routes,"

Representatives of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA had met the deputy commissioner over the issue but to no avail.

Anushriya Banerjee, who works with IBM-Daksh and lives in a rented pad in the M Block of DLF Phase-II, has made up her mind to shift.

"The DLF Security guards are not allowing our cabs to reach our house and we are forced to walk 2 km to the entry gate. My employers have asked me to shift to other colony since it will not pay Rs 100 every day," she added.

Devika Ghosh, an employee with Vertex, faces a similar problem. "My employers have not issued any instruction to shift to other colony but I will shift anyway. Moreover, as per the contractual terms, the transport company is supposed to pick and drop employees from the colony gates only," she said.

Shriya, another employee, wondered why she should pay for road maintenance when she has been already paying maintenance charges.

Landlords like N.K. Arora, a senior citizen whose livelihood depends on rent, are equally worried.

"I have rented out a portion of my house to eight girls for a monthly rental of Rs 18,000. If the tenants start leaving DLF, it will be a blow to my income?" Arora said.

Bhattacharya said a number of call centres companies had contacted DLF, which asked them to purchase a monthly pass of Rs 2000 for each cab.

On the other hand, RWA president R.S. Rathee has urged the administration to stop DLF from charging the entry fee. "There cannot be two parallel governments in a particular place. The DLF authorities are acting like the government in their colonies," Rathee said.

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 02:47 IST