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Completion certificate: Zirakpur MC for FIR against three builders

Action sought against Vrindavan Gardens in Peer Muchalla, Aero Homes in Ghazipur Road and Ravindra Apartment in Baltana for giving possessions sans certificate.

punjab Updated: May 31, 2018 16:28 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Zirakpur
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Aero Homes at Ghazipur Road in Zirakpur. (HT File)

Battered by allegations of weak regulation in the wake of a multistorey-building collapse in Peer Muchalla last month, the Zirakpur municipal council has recommended police action against three housing projects for not seeking completion certificate before giving possession to the flat owners.

In its letter to the local police station earlier this week, the civic body claimed that Vrindavan Gardens in Peer Muchalla, Aero Homes in Ghazipur Road and Ravindra Apartment in Baltana violated provisions of the municipal building bylaws, 2010, and Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act.

Zirakpur station house officer Pawan Kumar said the MC letter was forwarded to police posts concerned for action. “We are checking tpenal provisions before taking action,” he said.

MC executive engineer Vinay Mahajan said police action has been recommended against the three projects as the issues concerning them were “chronic”.

“The builders left the projects midway, leaving occupants in the lurch. Absence of completion certificate meant the structure safety was in doubt. The MC received several complaints against these projects, but builders did not respond to notices,” he said. Aero Homes promoters, it has been learnt, are already booked for bank fraud on the occupants’ complaint.

Show-cause notice to 10 builders

Meanwhile, the MC in the past one week has also issued show-cause notices to builders of 10 other projects, wherein completion certificate is still pending.

These include Chinar Apartments, Chinar Heights, Springdale Tower, Orbit Apartments, GCT Builders, Jay Baba Dyal Estate, Bollywood Heights-3, Tulip Heights, Ansal Woodbary Apartments and Maya Garden, Phases 1 and 2.

Mahajan said there are not many complaints against these projects as far as internal facilities are concerned.

“However, we will recommend penal action against these projects too if the builders fail to complete all formalities,” he said. Mahajan said a completion certificate is issued only after a technical team is convinced that the project has all requisite structure and fire safety clearances and the construction has been done as per the approved layout plans.

He clarified that all existing projects need to have completion certificate. “We are in process of identifying more projects and initiate similar action,” he said.

The MC official said occupants of these projects can also approach the Punjab Real Estate Regulatory Authority if the promoters are adamant on not fulfilling the government formalities.

Structure safety certificates sought

The Zirakpur MC has sought structure safety certificate from under-constructed projects. MC executive engineer Vinay Mahajan said around a dozen ongoing projects have been asked to submit the certificates from reputed agencies like the Indian Institutes of Technology, Punjab Engineering College, Patiala’s Thapar institute or Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology in Jalandhar.

“We have received documents from Sushma Grande Residential, Sushma Joynest-blocks 1 and 2, Sushma Crescent 11, Golden Sand Apartments, GBP Centrum, Athens, and Green Lotus Avenues, which are being verified. We will soon visit them to inspect the claims,” he said.

Meanwhile, the MC has asked new flat buyers to check for completion certificate before taking possession, so that the builder is put to task in case of discrepancies.

First Published: May 31, 2018 14:58 IST