After months of struggle, the apartment owners’ association of Palm Grove Heights, a condominium in Gurugram’s Sector 52, finally took over the upkeep responsibilities from the builder, Ardee Infrastructure, on Wednesday.
Earlier last month, the residents had approached Gurugram senior town planner (STP) asking them to intervene in the matter. The STP had issued a directive on March 20 asking the builder to handover maintenance responsibilities to the RWA immediately.
The residents had complained that even after two years of receiving the occupation certificate, the developer wasn’t willing to hand over maintenance responsibilities to the AOA.
Speaking to City Spidey, Naresh Khushalani, president of the AOA, said, “Till last minute we weren’t sure that the handover will take place but now that it has become a reality, all the residents are extremely happy. Though we are yet to receive paperwork from the builder stating details of maintenance transfer, we have already deployed our maintenance agency and started working.”
The core committee of PGHAOA (Palm Grove Heights Apartment Owners’ Association) presently has a team of ten members. About 400 families are already living in the society and as many as 300 of them have already been paying maintenance charges to the RWA, said Khushalani.
Talking about their list of priorities going forward, Khushalani said, “Our biggest challenge is to get things back to normal. For the past one-and-a-half-years, the developer had just charged the residents and done nothing. Everything is a mess right now, from gardening to security to housekeeping. We will take stock of the situation one by one and work towards betterment of the society and residents”
He further added that their next step is to get power and water connections transferred to the AOA. “Both these connections are still under the builder’s name. We will work to get them transferred to the AOA as well.”