The residents of Pristine Avenue, a residential society in Greater Noida West, on Sunday protested against sudden increase of maintenance charge. Hundreds of residents participated in the protest.
On the occasion, the President of Noida Estate Flat Owners Main Association, Annu Khan had a long interaction with the protesters.
During the interaction, the residents accused builder of being interested in only taking money from them. They said that they are deprived of the basic facilities in the society and instead of working towards it, the builder is content in increasing the maintenance charge.
A resident of the society, Abhishek Singh said, “The builder was already taking Rs 2.20 per sqft maintenance charge. He has now increased it to Rs 2.97 per sqft. We all are protesting against it. We are not being provided basic facilities. The builder has been imposing separate charge for swimming pool. In other societies, the facility of swimming pool is mostly covered in maintenance charge.”
“The builder collects GST on the maintenance charge. When residents demand challan of GST, the builder refuses to provide it. The residents doubt whether the builder is paying GST to the government or not,” he added.
Another resident Himanshu Varshney alleged that the builder has illegally collected former compensation charge on the name of the Authority. He said that the residents will complain against it.
He said, “The builder is deducting maintenance charge from the electricity meters which is against the rules. The residents have complained against it to the Noida Power Company Limited (NPCL). The builder was approached many times by the residents regarding the prevailing issues but he remained deaf ear to it.”
Khan said, “The residents have been complaining about these issues for a long time. The builder has done nothing in this regard. The residents were forced to stage a protest against the builder."