GURUGRAM: Even after three years of getting possession, around 30 families living in one of the eight towers in Unitech Escape on Golf Course Road (extension) are not sure when their property will get endorsed in their names in government records. This is because the tower in question is yet to get an occupation certificate.

Launched in 2006, the project is spread on 10 acres along Golf Course road (extension) and has eight towers with 400 units. The developer had promised possession in 2010 but it was given in two phases between 2010 and 2018. As on date, the project is around 90% complete and only seven towers have the mandatory occupation certificate.

“We were given possession of our flat in 2018 by Unitech. It’s been more than three years, but the builder has not yet provided us with the mandatory occupancy certificate,” said a resident of tower number 8. “The builder has been delaying the process despite our repeated reminders. We want the authorities to ensure that OC is given to the tower, which will secure our investment,” he added.

Not just this, the condition of the towers is deteriorating due to poor construction quality and with no support from the developer, the residents have now pooled in money to repair the structures and internal roads of the housing society.

RWA secretary Nidhi Chawla said all the 400 families were in for a rude shock when they got the possession of their homes. “The complex is still incomplete with extremely poor quality of workmanship. The façade is in a bad shape and the residents have been forced to pool in funds to carry out repairs. And this is despite the fact that a separate fund was given to the builder for the maintenance of the façade,” she said.

“Our basic facilities do not work properly, for example the sewage treatment plant (STP) which works intermittently, poses a health hazard to the residents amid the pandemic while a compost plant was never set up,” Chawla said.

RWA President Rear Admiral Kapil Gupta (retd) said, “With no support from the developers, neither in terms of making up for the lack of infrastructure nor for routine maintenance, the residents have authorised the RWA to take over the operational control of the society.”

“We started our first project of relaying a badly potholed road with a tiled pathway. Poorly constructed expansion joints, leading to flooded basement during the monsoon, were taken up next. Another project undertaken by the RWA was to reconstruct the swimming pool, which was left incomplete by the builder,” he said. “The flagship project taken up by the RWA is the repair and painting of the dilapidated towers.”

Despite repeated attempts, the developer could not be contacted.

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