A great view... of fake grass
Builders are notorious for not delivering on promises to buyers, but this one really takes the cake. A well-known builder in Delhi NCR has added a preferential location charge (PLC) on apartments that overlook a patch of green – made of fake grass.
Shankar Sanghi ( name changed) paid a PLC of ₹ 100 per sq ft when he booked his apartment in Noida Extension almost four years ago. While he was happy to know that the developer was offering possession of his unit, he was shocked when he saw the garden that his apartment overlooked – a fake green carpet strip instead of a natural park. He had been conned.
“I had paid ₹ 100 per sq ft additional charge for buying an apartment that faced a park but mine faces a green carpet instead. The developer may have done it to cut costs but I don’t know if I would want to pay monthly maintenance for a fake green strip instead of a garden.”
According to a Delhi-based architect, a grass carpet is generally easy to maintain and costs anything between ₹ 100 to ₹ 150 per sq ft while a ‘ real’ garden with water proofing etc costs anything between ₹ 300 to ₹ 500 per sq ft.
“Buyers have every right to protest such a move, say legal experts. This is an absolute hoax. A builder cannot possibly presume that a buyer is so gullible that he would pay preferential location charges for a fake grass carpet instead of a park-facing apartment. This would amount to fraud and the consumers have a remedy available under the law,” says Vaibhav Gaggar of Gaggar and Associates.
That’s not all. Another builder in the same area had initially sold the project with six swimming pools being the unique selling proposition. The number has now been whittled down to a much more believable one.