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Outrage over hiked upkeep fee

The steep hike in the maintenance charges by developers has invited the ire of various residents’ bodies in the city. Eshani Mathur reports.

india Updated: May 02, 2011 00:11 IST
Eshani Mathur
Eshani Mathur
Hindustan Times

The steep hike in the maintenance charges by developers has invited the ire of various residents’ bodies in the city. The agitated residents have decided to stage a demonstration on May 5 seeking better facilities.

Effective from April 1, the maintenance charges have been increased from R1 per sq yard to upto R2.80 per sq yard per month. The increase in the charges came after a Supreme Court’s ruling last year directing that the developers are free to charge any amount for maintenance from the residents.

A 300-sq-yard plot owner now has to pay R750 per month instead of the previous R300. Majority of the developers in the city have increased their charges from R1 or R1.25 to R 2.50 per sq yard.

While some residents are paying the increased charges hoping to get better services, some are up in arms against the developers. “We are now paying the inflated charges but it is a pinch in a middle class family’s monthly expenditure. DLF has promised us improved services,” Vishal Nayar, a resident of DLF Phase 1, said.

The agitated residents of Nirvana Country are staging a demonstration on May 5 against their developer for lack of basic amenities apart from the inflated maintenance charges.

People said that they would pay the increased charges only when the colony is maintained properly by the builder. “We have done a signature campaign with more than 500 residents and will stage a demonstration on May 5 at Unitech House in Signature Towers,” said Sanu Kapila, secretary, Nirvana Country RWA. The residents hope that the developer would listen to them now and understand their problem.

However, Unitech officials have justified the increase in charges. “Our expenditure is at least R4 to R6 per square yard. We have been incurring losses for the past eight years. We were earlier entitled to charge only R1 per square yard, but that ruling has been withdrawn.”

DLF and Ansal officials were not available for comment.

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