MOHALI: Fed up of hooliganism, an insecure living atmosphere and a feeling of being cheated, the allottees of Purab Premium Apartments in Sector 88, Mohali, have offered to surrender the flats back to Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).
GMADA had constructed 1,620 houses of 3 types (Type-I, Type-II & Type -III) in Sector 88. Out of the 1,620 houses, 800 houses have already been allotted. Out of the 800 allotments, 510 allottees have taken possession of their houses. The project has 27 towers of 60 flats each, a community centre and a sports complex with indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Around 600 houses in the project are under construction and are likely to be completed by the end of the year.
Talking to TOI, the Purab Premium Apartments Allottees Association president and general secretary said that either GMADA pays them the interest for delay in possession of the flats or they must buy back the flats.
General secretary Harbhajan Singh said, “We have been cheated by GMADA. What they portrayed they never delivered. We paid Rs 69 lakh but we will get possession after waiting for three years. We wish to surrender our flats and GMADA must re-pay with interest as per the central government norms.”
They said that the flats which GMADA allotted them are not in habitable condition. The allottees had to spend over and above the amount paid to GMADA to make the flats presentable. They alleged that GMADA gave possession of the flats even when work on these had not been completed, compromising the security and safety of the residents.
Harbhajan alleged that while floating the scheme, GMADA had announced that it will handover the possession of flats within 36 months from the date of draw from in March 2012, but the letters of allotment were issued July 2016.
President of the association, S K Loona and a banker by profession said, “This is the reason that many of the allottees were deprived of loan against the property as they were not in possession of allotment letters. Hence they were unable to deposit the required amount as per the terms in time to which GMADA is not charging interest with penalties.”
Taking cognizance of grievances of the allottees, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh directed the department of housing and urban development to sort out the matter without loss of time.
Pursuant to the directions, the housing and urban development department directed GMADA chief engineer to remove any defects in the quality of construction on a priority basis.
But the allottees who have made their payments as per the time schedule are awaiting possesion, have been assured that they would be getting their possession in shortest possible time and remaining part of construction of their houses would be completed soon.
Additional chief secretary, housing and urban development, said that she will be inviting the allottees in within the two weeks time to meet and gauge the level of their satisfaction.
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