The maintenance handover row at Palm Grove Heights, a condominium in Gurugram’s Sector 52, between the residents and the builder, Ardee Infrastructure, just doesn’t seem to end.
Even after Gurugram senior town planner (STP) had issued a directive on March 20 asking it to handover maintenance responsibilities to the RWA immediately, the residents allege that the builder still hasn’t responded to it.
And now, the residents have decided to take over the maintenance of the society in their own hands from May 1 even if the builder doesn’t comply to the STP’s directive.
Speaking to City Spidey, Naresh Khushalani, president of the RWA, said, “We have sent a reminder to the builder on Friday to hand us over the maintenance and follow the STP directive. We were hoping to start on an amicable note but the builder still hasn’t replied to any of our previous e-mails and the directive. However, from May 1 the Palm Grove Heights Apartment Owners Association (PGHAOA) will start running the upkeep responsibilities.”
There are about 400 families living in the society and as many as 300 of them have already started paying maintenance charges to the RWA. “There were a few residents who had paid maintenance charges to the builder till March 2019. But as of now, no one is paying them maintenance fee and everyone wants the RWA to take over the charge,” added Khushalani.
He further added that the RWA has already employed their security guards at each of the nine towers in the society and have already finalized the list of contractors.
In its letter, the STP had stated, “It is found that you have not handed over the condominium of administrative charges to the RWA after the grant of occupation certificate whereas as per the provisions of the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act, 1983, it is required to hand over the condominium of the colony to RWA within 90 days after the grant of occupation certificate. Therefore, you are directed to hand over the condominium of administrative charges to the RWA under the intimation of this office immediately.”
“Even after paying exorbitant maintenance charges for the past two years, the services provided haven’t been up to the mark. It is high time they hand over the responsibilities to the RWA and make our life easier,” said a resident.
A notice shared by RWA in every tower lobby.