GHAZIABAD: There are at least 50 housing societies in Ghaziabad where the builders have not yet handed over the maintenance to the RWAs even after mandatory 66% occupancy.
While residents allege there is a deliberate attempt on the part of builders not to hand over upkeep to the RWAs as they do not want to forego maintenance charges, builders on their part say that they are awaiting completion certificates from the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).
“The handover of societies has always been an issue between RWAs and developers and as per one estimate, there are over 50 societies in Crossings Republik, Indirapuram, Raj Nagar Extension, Vaishali and Kaushambi, where the problem persists,” said Alok Kumar of Fed AOA, an RWA umbrella body.
“There are many reasons behind the reluctance on the part of developers to hand over the reins of a society, easy money being one which developers charge from residents in the name of maintenance fees, electricity bills and on many other heads. Sadly, the GDA has been a mute spectator to the ongoing crisis,” he added.
As per the clauses of UP Apartment Act 2010, if a society has an occupancy of 66% or more and it has completed two years from the day of first possession, then the developer will have to facilitate handover of the society to the RWA.
“There is also one clause in the UP Apartment Act, according to which possession cannot be given until a developer gets a completion certificate from GDA. But many developers start giving possession after applying for completion certificates. And they often use this excuse to delay handing over upkeep to the RWA,” said Kumar.
When contacted, a GDA official said on the issue that the development authority has already set up a cell to address issues arising out of disputes between developers and residents or RWAs. “We have allotted a specific day in a month for addressing these issues, but due to the pandemic the meetings are not taking place. Anyway, the state government has come up with new guidelines governing maintenance charges.”