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Improvement trust flouts another deadline; allottees to intensify stir

The Patiala Improvement Trust (PIT) has flouted another deadline for allotting plots at SST Nagar under a housing scheme mooted in 2010.

punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2016 14:22 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times
Flat allottees holding a protest in Patiala on Saturday.
Flat allottees holding a protest in Patiala on Saturday.(HT PHOTO)

The Patiala Improvement Trust (PIT) has flouted another deadline for allotting plots at SST Nagar under a housing scheme mooted in 2010.

Following a protest by allottees during the past one month, the trust had assured to deliver the possession of 60 flats under the scheme by end of this week, which did not happen. The possession, it is learnt, has been pending for the past four years.

Trust chairman Vishnu Sharma said that they would be in position to hand over the possession by the next week as the civic work was at the verge of completion.

The allottees, however, brushed his claims saying that the trust has been misleading the public. “How can they deliver us flats by the next week when the boundary wall is still lying incomplete and there is a long list of other pending works, that can’t be finished by the next week, said an allottee, Rishi Garg. He said that the roads in the housing complex are still muddy as works of interlocking tiles has not even started.

“The scheme has two blocks with each having two elevators. The PIT claims that all the elevators have been made functional. But, it is yet to obtain the occupancy certificate from the installer, which is important to ensure the safety parameters, said Rishi

He , said that another important aspect of firefighting equipment has yet not been installed.

“We are tired of their undelivered promises. We have no option left but to intensify out protest, said another allottee Vijay Kumar Singla, who added that the inordinate delay by PIT, is the murder of people’s dream

“There are several allottees, who live in rental accommodation and wanted to shift to their own houses at the earliest. But, we are tired of waiting for the possession, for the past four years. It is literally a nightmare for allottees,” he added

The PIT allotted the flats in 2010 with a promise to hand over the possession by November 2012. Litigants said that the trust was approached numerous times since 2013 along with several representations, but delivery is still pending. It has caused mental agony to families of the allottees as their dream of self owned house is still not fulfilled.


Meanwhile, the allottees have demanded of the PIT to waive the interest that it charged on pending installments of the flats.

At the time of allotment, the allottees were told that the first five installments were to be paid without any interest. The remaining installments were to be paid with interest after delivery of the flats. The interest was to be charged at 12% per annum.

Even as delivery is still pending, the trust charged interest rate @ 12% per annum on every installment taken after 2012, said allottees. Chairman, Vishnu Sharma, said that the trust would not charge any interest on the installments charged from them.

First Published: Oct 16, 2016 14:17 IST

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