Residents fight on for their rights
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.
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