‘Peo­ple are taken for a ride’

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Haryana has ex­cel­lent laws to reg­u­late real es­tate but non­im­ple­men­ta­tion is the ma­jor prob­lem. The builders, ex­ploit­ing the weak­ness of the town and coun­try plan­ning depart­ment (DTCP), are tak­ing the apart­ment owners for a ride. They have vi­o­lated many pro­vi­sions of the statutes mainly on ac­count of com­mon ar­eas and cal­cu­la­tion of su­per ar­eas.

In the case of May­field Gar­dens, where I have been re­sid­ing since 2006, shows that even if gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties take strict ac­tion against a de­vel­oper, the res­i­dents con­tinue to re­main mis­er­able.

The li­cence of the de­vel­op­ers of May­field Gar­dens was can­celled by DTCP on Fe­bru­ary 4, 2012, for two rea­sons - Not do­ing in­ter­nal de­vel­op­ment works as per the ap­proved ser­vice plan es­ti­mate and non-pay­ment of gov­ern­ment dues on ac­count of li­cense re­newal fees. Now as per the law, the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the colony sub­se­quent to can­cel­la­tion of li­censes, comes un­der the se­nior town plan­ner (STP) Gur­gaon.

It was true that ear­lier we were suf­fer­ing due to the de­vel­op­ers’ non­per­for­mance but things went from bad to worse once STP came into the pic­ture. It was the first case in Gur­gaon in which the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of a colony came un­der STP. It nei­ther had ex­pe­ri­ence nor staff to look af­ter the colony. A num­ber of is­sues cropped up, which in­cluded the maintenance of pub­lic health ser­vices, elec­tric­ity sup­ply, reg­is­tra­tion of prop­er­ties, re­ceipt of in­stall­ments and maintenance of ac­counts.

The de­vel­oper ap­pealed in the Ap­pel­late Au­thor­ity of DTCP against the can­cel­la­tion and on Septem­ber 5, 2012, their can­cel­la­tion was re­voked af­ter they gave an un­der­tak­ing to com­plete de­fi­cient in­ter­nal de­vel­op­ment works and pay the licesne re­newal fees.

Five months have passed since then but the de­vel­op­ers haven’t started any de­vel­op­ment work in the colony. Whether it's the de­vel­op­ers or the STP, it doesn't make any dif­fer­ence as far as ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the colony is con­cerned. We suf­fer in both sit­u­a­tions.

It’s not un­usual in Gur­gaon that de­vel­op­ers fail to ful­fill their com­mit­ment. The builders de­spite giv­ing an un­der­tak­ing to the gov­ern­ment that they will be re­spon­si­ble for the maintenance and up­keep of all roads, open spa­ces, pub­lic parks and pub­lic health ser­vices for a pe­riod of five years from the time of is­sue of com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate are not do­ing their job.

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