GhaziabadResidents of Supertech Livingston society in Crossings Republik on Sunday staged a protest against the builder for allegedly increasing the Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charge by more than 40%.Residents have complained that the builder increased CAM charges without taking the opinion of the families residing in the society. They have also claimed that previously, the charges were Rs1.50 per square feet but it has been increased to Rs2 per sft.On July 22, the builder, through a notice, informed the residents that the CAM charges will be increased from August 1.“Nobody discussed the new rates with us; we were just informed about it. The builder and his people should have discussed the matter with us. They increased the prices by over 40%, which is unjustified,” Bhanu Pratap Singh, president, RWA, Supertech Livingston, said.The residents have also claimed that the builder has started deducting the increased CAM charges from the prepaid electric meters.“Using prepaid meters to deduct any other charges is illegal according to the law. We have been trying to negotiate the matter with the builder but there has been no response from their side,” said Singh.However, maintenance in-charge, Naresh Sharma, has claimed that the issue of CAM charges has been going on for the last two years.“We have been talking to the residents for the last two years, but they failed to come to an agreement. The expenses have gone up, so, we have no option other than increasing the CAM charges. We are not at fault because we have to charge residents,” said Naresh Sharma.Sharma has also claimed that most residents are paying the increased CAM charges while only a section has refused to do it.“We will charge everybody because we are burdened due to increased expenses. We will be sending notices to people who will not pay the new CAM charge. Residents want all the services and facilities, but they don’t want to pay for it, which is not justified,” said Sharma.Residents have claimed that the builder is trying to take advantage of their situation. “There are 800 families in the society and all of us are together on the issue. The builder shouldn’t take us for a ride,” said Singh.Hindustan Times tried to get in touch with Anil Sharma, director, Supertech Livingston, but he did not respond to multiple calls and messages.