Residents allege decision taken in haste without considering their interests
New Delhi, Feb. 17 (Delhi Crown): The residents of “NBCC Green View” housing society in Gurugram’s Sector-37D are flabbergasted at the local administration’s sudden decision asking them to vacate their flats by March 1 citing doubts over its structural faults.
The sudden decision comes close on the heels of a disaster that took place at Sector-109’s Chintels Paradiso housing society claiming lives of two women and injuring a few others. The mishap, vertical collapse, had occurred on Feb. 10.
Spread on 18 acres, the NBCC Green View housing society, facing railway tracks, consists of seven residential towers having a total of 784 dwelling units. Besides, there are also EWS units, two schools and two shopping complexes.
However, the occupancy rate is too low as the residents claimed that the NBCC could not sell these units all these years, despite getting the Occupancy Certificate (OC) around a decade ago.
They demand that the NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation) must first duly compensate them before they are asked to vacate their abodes, as they don’t any other place to live in.
Questioning Gurugram’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) Nishant Yadav impromptu decision during a meeting with the NBCC’s senior officials and the RWA representatives on Wednesday (Feb. 16), the residents are wondering that based on which structural audit report the decision was taken.
According to them, experts from IIT-Delhi had prepared two different reports. While the first one, that came in February last year, found no fault(s) in the building’s design or construction quality, the second report delivered in October last year claimed the society wasn’t liveable.
President of the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) G. Mohanty, a retired Indian Information Service (IIS) officer, demanded that the residents must be compensated by returning their investment amounts along with an interest of 15% per annum.
Though the order from the Deputy Commissioner, who is also the chairman of the local DDMA, directed the NBCC to duly compensate the residents “within the month” along with the interest amount, the residents seemed adamant that they will not vacate their flats before receiving the compensation amount.
The DC’s order mentioned that after the refund the ownership of the property shall be “transferred back to the NBCC”.
“NBCC India Ltd. agreed upon providing alternative suitable accommodation to the willing residents withing 48 hours from Feb. 16 which shall be fit for accommodation purposes or shall provide rent for similar accommodation along with the shifting charges of the entire household residents.
Enraged at the DC’s decision, Rashmi Gupta, who stayed in South Korea before buying a unit here, told www.thedelhicrown.com that she and her husband chose this society as it was constructed by a Central Government-owned construction company.
“We had never imagined that we would be duped in such a manner. I and my husband had put in all our life’s savings into buying a flat here. Now what do we do? Where do we go from here?” exclaimed Rashmi.
Vice-President of the RWA Suresh Kaushik even went to the extent of saying that there was a huge corruption in constructing the society. “We have come to know that the NBCC officials who built this society used underground water containing fluoride but produced inflated bills of water tankers and pocketed huge amounts of money. Now the fluoride-mixed water must have damaged the iron rods used inside the walls leading to weakening of the overall structure,” said Kaushik, a senior citizen.
Even as most of the dwelling units are lying vacant, wide cracks are visible on almost all the towers inside the housing society, with repairing work being undertaken to make the high-rise buildings liveable.