‘The de­vel­oper ful­filled all his prom­ises’

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Ibought a 2BHK flat in Avlon Gar­den as part of a fes­tive of­fer last year. The de­vel­oper gave me a 29-inch LCD tele­vi­sion set as free gift. It’s mar­ket price was some­where around R30,000 at that time. I con­sider the gift as a bonus but it was not the sole rea­son why I bought the flat. In fact, last year, when I started look­ing for a house in the R30 lakh range, I ze­roed in on this par­tic­u­lar project be­cause it looked af­ford­able. I felt lucky be­cause when I de­cided to buy, the com­pany was run­ning a scheme to dis­trib­ute free LCD tele­vi­sion sets with each buy.

Had the de­vel­oper not of­fered any­thing, I would have still gone for it be­cause the apart­ment cost was within my bud­get. I paid around R24 lakh. Now the price has ap­pre­ci­ated to R27 lakh. So it has turned out to be a lucky buy. This year, I have got pos­ses­sion and moved into the flat. When I was buy­ing the apart­ment I was a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive about get­ting the free LCD tele­vi­sion set be­cause the de­vel­oper was not will­ing to make it a part of the builder-buyer agree­ment. One of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives wrote on one side of the bill about this of­fer. But I am happy that, at least, the de­vel­oper ful­filled what was promised.

The prices have been es­ca­lat­ing as soon as oc­cu­pancy is in­creas­ing in this group hous­ing so­ci­ety. There are 400 pro­posed flats in nine tow­ers in Avlon Gar­den out of which, six tow­ers are al­most ready to move in and 70 fam­i­lies are al­ready re­sid­ing here. Be­fore buy­ing this flat, I was on a rented ac­com­mo­da­tion in Gur­gaon where I work as a se­nior man­ager with Max Life In­sur­ance. Now, since I have shifted to Bhi­wadi, I have to com­mute al­most 100km a day from Bhi­wadi to Gur­gaon. I was ad­vised by a lot of peo­ple to stay in Gur­gaon in a rented house as com­mut­ing 100km a day was tax­ing.

But those who live on rent also face prob­lems. We have to get the rent agree­ment re­newed ev­ery 11 months. Some­times, we have to bear with the land­lord’s un­rea­son­able terms and con­di­tions. Con­sid­er­ing all that, I pre­fer to have my own house even if I have to com­mute a long dis­tance daily.

—As told to Jee­van Prakash Sharma

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