Gurugram: Residents of Raheja Navodaya, a residential society in Sector-92, have expressed concern over alleged indifference of their builder to their safety. They cited several infrastructural snags to prove their point in a complaint they filed on the CM window.
They complained that constant leakage of water in the basement had damaged the pillars. Naked electrical wires on poles pose electrocution risk to children and residents, lifts, which lack proper maintenance, have no requisite safety certificate.
They said around 350 families are living under constant threat due to multiple infrastructural snags left unattended in the hurriedly completed project.
Pradeep Kumar, a resident and a complainant on the matter, said, “Ever since I moved here in 2017 the condition of the society is the same. There is constant seepage from bathrooms and lavatories in the basement causing severe damage to the foundation of the pillars. How did the authority issue occupancy certificate (OC) to the builder without a permanent electricity connection?”
Kumar pointed to several lacuna in the project. The lifts, which are not verified by a competent authority, can lead to disaster. The society does not have proper fire safety equipment. Sewage treatment plants (STP) are not functional as a result of which the untreated water is drained out in the open creating breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Since the society does not have a permanent electricity connection, the residents are forced to pay electricity bills at a commercial rate of Rs. 12.44 per unit. Yet, they alleged, the builder charged Rs. 3 lakh from each flat for electricity and water connection in advance.
Interest Free Maintenance Security (IFMS) fund of approximately Rs 8 crore is lying with the builder despite several reminders to give it back to the residents.
They claimed that they had met the builder several times with over the issues and also approached the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) officials but nothing has been done to improve the situation.
They have urged Chief Minister Manohar Khattar to intervene in the matter by directing the concerned department to take action against the builder and ensure that the project is completed in a time-bound manner.
Another resident pointed out that around 250 buyers are forced to bear the financial burden even as they are yet to take the possession of their flats. The builder, he said had forced them to pay up for common area maintenance (CAM).
He also levelled charges of serious economic offences against the builder.
Meanwhile, DTCP officials said that they are aware of the situation in the society and assured of necessary action to resolve the issues.