THOUSANDS OF LIVES COULD BE AT RISK
How safe is the building you live in? If your developer does not have a completion certificate, you have reason to worry
Is your apartment block safe to live in? You may think it is, but you could be wrong. Take this recent case in which a middle-aged women and her children had a miraculous escape in Ghaziabad. The moment they stepped off the lift in their multi-storied building, it went crashing down. There have been a few such cases in Gurgaon, too, which point to a really grave situation in our housing societies. The lives of thousands living in multi-storeyed apartments in Delhi NCR are at risk as their developers have not thought it necessary to get a completion certificates. This document not only ensures that facilities such as the firefightsystem, lift, water supply, sewage, parking, water harvesting etc are in place, but it can also reveal FAR (floor area ratio) and other violations.
Resident welfare associations (RWAs) of builder apartments in Ghaziabad and Noida have been complaining to their respective development authorities about the lack of various safety measures and civic amenities. Most of the problems, the RWAs complain, stem from the fact that some developers have not got completion certificates before giving possession. Unable to take recourse to any action, apartment owners, too, are left with no option but to take possession before the authorities can do a safety assessment of the building.
Says P C Singhal, president of an RWA in Indirapuram, “When a developer gets his plan to construct a multi-storeyed apartment sanctioned from the authority concerned, no one keeps a check on the quality of construction till the building is ready for occupation. The developer is free to use whatever building material he wants.”
Once the building ‘is ready’, the legal provision in the Uttar Pradesh Apartment (Promotion of Construction, Ownership and Maintenance) Act 2010 makes it mandatory for a developer to take a completion/occupancy certificate from the concerned authority. But instead of doing that, many developers ignore the provision with the tacit approval of the authorities, alleges Singhal.
“Many prominent developers have constructed more