Builder reluctant to part with maintenance, society left in the lurch
Builder reluctant to part with maintenance, society left in the lurch
Akanksha Gupta
Builder reluctant to part with maintenance, society left in the lurch
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Builder reluctant to part with maintenance, society left in the lurch

Gurugram: Residents of Brisk Lumbini Terrace Homes, a residential society in Sector 109, Gurugram, are in a fix as the builder is dragging its feet on handing over of the maintenance of the society to the resident welfare association.

They had filed a complaint with the CM window in November last year and had approached the department of town and country planning (DTCP) on the matter. However, nothing has been done to resolve the issue.

They complained that even after four years of receiving the occupation certificate, the developer is reluctant to hand over the maintenance responsibility of the society to the RWA.

They alleged that the builder is levying high maintenance charge of Rs. 3 per sq ft for the services of low standard.

The residents claimed that the builder got the OC in May 2016 and formed a dummy RWA in March 2017 which was never registered. "The flat owners filed an RTI application with the registrar in 2018 and got a reply that there was no registered RWA in our society. Thereafter, we started the process of forming an RWA and got registration certificate in May 2019 from registrar of societies," said Ravindra Kumar Rao, RWA President.

"As the builder did not handed over the maintenance despite our repeated request, we approach the DTP and STP. But nothing much has been done on the matter." Rao lamented.

Around 150 families living in the society are facing a tough time with seepage in the basement damaging the foundation and broken boundary wall posing a serious security threat.

They complained that the builder has abandoned the society and withdrawn maintenance staff and security guards from January 1 leaving them in the lurch. This has caused distress and anxiety among the resident.

They claimed that there was no maintenance of essential services like water treatment plant, electricity, lifts and sewage treatment plant. Even cleaning and housekeeping is not available to the residents.

Dr Leena Karpe, a resident of the society, said, "The whole society is in a mess. Garbage is lying around the corridor and the common area rendering the surroundings unhygienic. There is only one guard on the main gate which is not sufficient for the safety of the society. We have invested so much money on the gated society in the hope of a better facility and security, but what we have got in return is a mess."