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Mhada colony denies amenities to new residents

If you thought buying a home in the city was difficult, think again.
None | By Prajakta Chavan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2011 01:04 AM IST

If you thought buying a home in the city was difficult, think again.

Residents of a redeveloped Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) building in Tilak Nagar have learnt the hard way that spending their savings on buying a home will not assure them of all amenities.

Nearly 42 families who bought homes at market value in Tilak Nagar Bharat Cooperative Housing Society in 2006-07 are still to get the membership despite paying the fees. Also, they don’t have proper access to their building or even parking space for their vehicles. When Paradise and Bhoomi Developers undertook the redevelopment of the Mhada building, they rehabilitated old occupants in A-wing and built a separate building, B-wing, for new occupants.

However, residents of B-wing claim they are being denied the facilities promised to them. “We can’t get out car inside the society even the society case of an emergency. The society management insists that the entrance, parking space and all other amenities are only for A-wing residents and should not be used by us,” said Shanawaz Khan, who resides on the seventh floor of the building.

In 2008, the residents appealed to the deputy registrar of cooperative societies, Mhada, to take action against the managing committee. However, there has been no response so far. “We want an order to be passed, so that we can decided out further course of action,” said Sophia Sawant one of the applicants. “We have paid Rs25,000 as fees but are still to get membership. We don’t even have parking space or a proper entrance.”

When contacted, Kumud Jayakar, chairperson, Tilak Nagar Bharat Cooperative Housing Society, flatly denied the accusations. She said: “A and B wings have a separate parking and entrance. They have nothing to do with us. They have purchased flats from the developer and they should ask for the facilities from him.”

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