Haryana CM Khattar warns corrupt builders in Gurugram

Gurugram: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar held a meeting in Gurugram yesterday to listen to the grievances of consumers troubled by the delay in handing-over of property by the builders.

He proposed a series of initiatives for grievance redressal.

“Every month 10 to 25 grievances are being heard. Even this time, 22 grievances were heard which were already there in the agenda. And apart from that, 10 to 12 grievances were heard which were not even included in any agendas. So, overall 35 grievances have been heard. Some grievances were sorted on the spot and for some we have made separate committees,” Khattar said.

Some societies were very keen to meet the Chief Minister and put forth their grievances but were not granted an opportunity to do so. The prominent among these is Shantiniketan Group Housing Society, Sector 52, Gurugram, which is pending completion for the last ten years.

The appeal of society members to meet the Chief Minister was not added in the agenda this time despite many representations. They waited and appealed in the meeting site also but were not allowed by the police to enter the premises.

This society was registered under Haryana Cooperative Societies Act, 1984 on May 23, 2003 by a group of builders with the commitment to build 98 flats of different denominations.

The flats were sold out and an amount exceeding Rs. 70 crores was collected from the buyers but the Society is yet not complete after 12 years. The work stopped in the premises in 2010.

The builders are not ready to place the documents and accounts of the society in front of the buyers, who are the shareholders in the society nor are they taking any steps to resume construction.

Recently, an FIR was lodged in Sushant Lok Police Station against the builders.

Khattar has assured that pending grievances will be considered next month.

“I will make sure that the left over grievances from this month will be sorted out next month. Grievances meeting will happen every month. If I am not able to come then the meeting will go on under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner,” he said.

“Several complaints from consumers against builders are there. We are going to look onto assets and liabilities of these builders. With this we would be able to decide whether a particular company is able to deliver or not. We are also going to recommend a delay penalty,” Khattar said during the meeting.

Prominent among such builders is Mangal Sain Mittal, who is the chairman of the Ramada Hotel in Gurugram and promoter of Shantiniketan Society. His hotel is flourishing while common buyers, who have invested in a society for construction of which he was responsible, are running from pillar to post to seek justice.

The beleaguered members of such bogus societies have placed their hope on the BJP led Government of Haryana for resolution of their problems. (ANI)