The developer had handed over the operation of maintaining the society to an agency – Godavari Firms and Services Pvt Ltd.
The dispute between Shipra Krishna Vista is showing is signs no signs of abatement. The residents and the developer here are at loggerheads with each other over the handover of the maintenance at the society to a third party.
The residents of the society held a demonstration in protest against the builder’s move in front of the maintenance office on Sunday accusing them of violation of directives of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA). More than 50 residents gathered near the office and vented their ire on the staff present there.
Aruna Rai, ex-president of the society's RWA, alleged that the maintenance management issued an invoice to the residents in the name of an external agency, not the developer. “This is clear violation of the GDA's order,” he averred.
The developer had handed over the operation of maintaining to an agency – Godavari Firms and Services Pvt Ltd – two weeks ago. Ever since, there is a cold war between the maintenance management and the residents.
Following the dispute, on September 30, the GDA, through a letter, directed Shipra Estate Limited (SEL), the developer, to cancel the handover of maintenance to the third party terming it “illegal” citing violation of UP Apartment Act, 2010.
The residents insisted on paying maintenance charges only to the developer, and not to any third party. The reason behind the residents' refusal to deposit cheques in the name of the agency is the apprehension that the developer could wash his hands off the maintenance issues that might come up with regard to the maintenance in future.
“The society's maintenance is yet to be handed over to the RWA. By appointing an agency to look after the maintenance the builder is attempting to run away from the responsibilities it has towards the society,” Rai said.
On September 16, a dispute emerged between the residents and maintenance agency when the maintenance staff refused to accept cheques for monthly maintenance charges issued in the name of the developer. The agency demanded that the residents issued cheques in its name whereas till last month, the residents used to issue cheques in the name of Shipra Estate Limited.
The situation worsened when the residents spotted two bouncers inside the society. They perceived a threat and demanded their exit from the premises. Later, the matter reached the police. Both the residents and the agency had registered complaints against each other. The agency alleged misbehaviour by the residents.