The residents claimed the developer has adopted a completely “illegal and inhumane attitude” and threatened them with suspension of essential services like electricity and water supply if they don’t vacate the property. This comes after an IIT Delhi report issued earlier this year pointed out several structural defects in the society buildings, which require repairs.
The developer, NBCC, issued the notice on Wednesday. It had earlier issued a similar notice on October 3 giving residents 15 days’ time to vacate the flats to carry out “comprehensive repair work”.
According to an NBCC representative, the structures are exhibiting concrete spalling (breaking or cracking of concrete) at several locations due to presence of chlorides and the issues are quality-related only. “Comprehensive repair work is being carried out as per the recommendations of IIT Delhi. NBCC will provide all possible support for temporary relocation and residents will be duly compensated,” the representative said.
There is, however, no fixed deadline for the repairs. “A deadline will be worked out in consultation with experts and will be known after some time,” the representative added.
Launched in 2010, the project is spread across 18 acres. Possession of flats started in August 2017 after a delay of over two years. The society has 923 flats, including 139 EWS flats. So far, 260 flats have been sold and more than 150 families are residing here. Residents have demanded that the developer immediately withdraw the notice and give full refunds of the total cost of the flats along with interest.
G Mohanty, president of NBCC Green View Association of Apartment Owners (AOAO), said the developer has left them in the lurch. “The developer has adopted a completely illegal and inhumane attitude and is doing things without any consideration for residents. We are facing several issues like shoddy construction and poor workmanship and maintenance. We asked the developer to return our money, but they didn’t pay any heed to us, instead serving us notices to vacate our registered property without any action plan,” he said.
Yadvender Yadav, a resident, added, “We are the owners, and yet they want us to pack our bags and move out. We are being harassed by NBCC officials, who are knocking at our doors and telling us to vacate the flat in a threatening tone, saying that otherwise they will suspend essential services such as electricity and water supply.”
Other residents said they noticed several flaws in construction within a month of moving in and made several complaints to the developer and the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs. They also filed a complaint with the central vigilance commission, which has conducted an intensive enquiry on the matter, they claimed.
Randhir Singh, the AOAO general secretary, said: “Following our complaint, the builder hired IIT Delhi to conduct a structural audit of the building, which proved our doubts to be right and pointed out several defects. Now, they want to repair the buildings, but it is beyond repair. We want our money back with interest, along with the cost of registration and interiors.”