Residents of Panchsheel Greens, a residential society in Noida Extension, are refusing to give the maintenance charges (MC) to the builder. They claim at the time of possession they paid the MC at the rate of Rs 2.05 per sq ft in advance for a period of two years, but no amenities have been developed by the builder so far.
The two years for which the residents paid advance payments ends on August 31. A meeting is on the anvil to decide the new rates.
A resident said, “We have been living in this society for more than two years now, and till date, the builder has not provided even the basic facilities — people get stuck in the lifts regularly; construction work yet to be completed.”
Another resident, Vikas Kumar, added, “There’s no arrangement for security; the condition of the generator for power backup is bad — why then should we pay MC to the builder? The builder is yet to decide the new charges, and it is to be decided in a meeting with residents. The date is not fixed yet.”
“According to Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) guidelines, the builder or the developer is responsible for providing maintenance for the sold property on a regular basis, the charges of which has to be borne by the resident. These charges are to be reasonable. RERA has also made a maintenance agreement between the developer and the buyer mandatory, which must provide a break-down of the costs involved in the maintenance of the society,” said Kumar.
But the developer is yet to provide the maintenance agreement.
Residents also said that they requested the General Manager of Noida Power Corporation Limited (NPCL) for a meeting. “We want to meet the officials of NPCL and ensure that the developer does not start deducting maintenance charges from the prepaid electricity meter,” Kumar explained.
According to an official of the NPCL, the builder has the permission to deduct only the electric charges from the prepaid meter.
Zafar Hussain, general manager of Panchsheel Greens, told City Spidey that he has no idea about the maintenance agreement, as these things are dealt by the higher management alone. “We will continue to take the old rates till the meeting happens,” he added.