Res­i­dents fight on for their rights

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Vaishali is one of the fastest de­vel­op­ing ar­eas in Ghazi­abad. Its prox­im­ity to the metro sta­tion has made it a pop­u­lar choice among home buy­ers.The area is a haven of hous­ing projects by private builders, some fairly new , about five years old , to oth­ers con­structed more than a decade ago.

How­ever, there are many issues that home­buy­ers have taken up with their builders. Talk­ing to sev­eral RWAs across the re­gion one found builders were re­luc­tant to hand over main­te­nance of apart­ments to the res­i­dent wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions (RWAs) and to give com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate to the res­i­dents.

In­ci­den­tally, the RWA of Su­pertech Res­i­dency, which is one of the old­est projects in Vaishali and one of the first tow­ers of Su­pertech, is fight­ing for the com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate and rights of main­te­nance for more than five years now.

Many other hous­ing so­ci­eties have a sim­i­lar prob­lem. While the RWAs of some so­ci­eties have taken up the mat­ter of com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates with the builders, oth­ers have not.

“Ma­h­a­gun Villa is a fairly old build­ing and at the time of pos­ses­sion we were not much aware of the im­por­tance of a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate. So, we didn’t fight for it at that time,” says D K Gupta, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the RWA.

Res­i­dents of Vaishali are also not sure how ef­fec­tive the fire safety sys­tems in their build­ings are as, ac­cord­ing to rules, not hav­ing a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate does not al­low them to seek no- bjec­tion cer­tifi­cates from the fire depart­ment.

Most of the RWAs have con­ducted main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties of the el­e­va­tors to en­sure proper func­tion­ing and safety of the same. This is a huge in­vest­ment that so­ci­eties need to make.

While it is easy for so­ci­eties to ar­range funds for in­fra­struc­ture up­keep, RWAs that have not been given the in­ter­est-free main­te­nance de­posit by the builder are find­ing it chal­leng­ing to carry out main­te­nance work in the so­ci­eties.

“The main­te­nance fee col­lected on a monthly ba­sis is not suf­fi­cient for such ac­tiv­i­ties which cost a lot of money and we find it very tough to ar­range the bal­ance funds.

How­ever, de­spite t he fi­nan­cial con­straints, our RWA au­thor­i­ties have man­aged to tackle in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems in the so­ci­ety in a sys­tem­atic man­ner with the com­bined co­op­er­a­tion of all the res­i­dents,” says a res­i­dent of Su­pertech Res­i­dency on con­di­tions of anonymity.

Open- air mar­kets are spread across the en­tire area of Vaishali. Pave­ment and road en­croach­ment by ven­dors is a com­mon prob­lem faced by the res­i­dents. The civic woes are fur­ther com­pounded by bro­ken roads and open drains.

“Pot-holed roads, choked sew­er­age lines, park­ing woes and pave­ment en­croach­ment by lo­cal ven­dors are some com­mon prob­lems of the res­i­dents of Vaishali,” says K Hasan, pres­i­dent, Con­fed­er­a­tion of Tran­sHin­don RWAs. Hous­ing so­ci­eties are step­ping up to the chal­lenge by con­duct­ing clean­li­ness drives.

If your RWA has taken up an in­ter­est­ing ini­tia­tive to con­serve wa­ter, power or has prob­lems that need to be re­solved ur­gently, write to us at ht­es­tates@hin­dus­tan­times. com or con­nect with us on our Face­book page

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