Monday, February 17, 2014

Bldr told to pay soc 12L for ‘shoddy’ redevpt

Mumbai:Sending a clear signal to builders who try to shortchange residents of redeveloped buildings, a consumer forum has directed a construction company to pay Rs 11.80 lakh compensation to a Bhandup society.

The forum held Classic Builders and Developers guilty of deficiency in service for failing to provide amenities that were promised on the redeveloped property.

The forum took into consideration the report submitted by an expert firm that said inferior quality material was used in the construction and this had led to leakage issues. “There is no doubt the construction was of inferior quality,” the forum observed.

The complaint was filed by Ganesh Cooperative Housing Society, located in Bhandup (E), on December 9, 2010. The society said it had 13 members and on March 24, 2005, it entered into an agreement with the company for redevelopment. According to the agreement the builder had agreed to hand over 225-sq-ft flats at no additional charge to each of the members. The members received possession of their flats in December 2008. Within the first year of the possession, the residents realized the builder had cheated them and used inferior quality material for construction, leading to a severe leakage problem. Additionally the builder had neither provided an automatic lift nor points for telephone and cable TV.

Despite repeated requests to solve the issues, the company did not pay heed to the residents. Alleging that the leakage had severely damaged the flats, the society filed a complaint before the additional district consumer disputes redressal forum.

The company filed reply and denied the allegations. It claimed that superior quality construction material had been used during the redevelopment and this was also conveyed to the society. The company further said residents took possession only after expressing their satisfaction with the flats and hence, there was no basis to their claims. But, the forum referred to the agreement that stated the company would provide the amenities claimed by the residents.
Rebecca Samervel TNN

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