A group of homebuyers in the Spire Woods housing society in Sector 103, Gurgaon, has gone digital to intensify its battle against AN Buildcon, the developer. After protesting in front of the society gate, the group has now created a Twitter account — #Spirewoodscandal — in an attempt to muster global support.
Supporters have instantly responded with hashtags such as #300crorescam and #directorsabsconding. The account is gaining popularity, with more than 1,000 followers already.
AN Buildcon Pvt Ltd had started constructing the residential apartment on Dwarka Expressway in 2012, and the company had promised to complete the project in 36 months. But it failed to do so, despite having received more than 90 per cent of the total property cost. Buyers have invested Rs 40 lakh to Rs 50 lakh each for flats in the society and the overall figure could reach well over Rs 300 crore. The developer has nine stakeholders, including relatives of prominent political leaders.
Homebuyers protest in front of the Spire Woods construction site
Anubhaw Sinha is one of the 500 homebuyers who had invested in the project. "All company directors have resigned. They were anyway in no mood to hear us out. The builder siphoned off our money and has now gone into hiding," he said. He added that the motive behind creating a Twitter handle was to reach out to influential people across the country. Twitter has had a significant impact on people's mindset, a prime example of which was the recent incident of Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the brand ambassador of Amrapali group, cutting all ties with the realty giant following public outrage against the builder on Twitter.
“It has been a painful experience for the past 18 months since the builder has stopped construction at the site," said Cherrian Dogra, a homebuyer who is also a member of the group. "We have met Gurgaon district administration officials and Deputy Commissioner TL Satya Prakash. Though Prakash admitted that there have been irregularities from the builder's side, we want to get more public support to mount pressure on officials to nail the developer.”
Priety Gaur, another homebuyer, said that besides Twitter, they were also receiving support from several groups on social networking platforms such as Whatsapp and Facebook.