Haryana CM asks DTCP to fix fire safety system in Sare Homes, Gurugram – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday directed the department of town and country planning (DTCP) to immediately operationalise the firefighting system in Sare Homes, a housing society in Sector 92, and recover the cost of the same from the assets of the builder.

The direction came during the grievance committee meeting chaired by the CM in Gurgaon. Khattar also assured the residents that the issue of disconnection of power supply to the society would be resolved by providing a separate connection.

In March this year, the residents of Sare Homes Phase 3 had lodged a complaint with the grievance committee against the builder for the non-operational firefighting system in the society and also highlighted the civic body’s failure in enforcing the fire safety norms as per the national building code.

Aditya Jakhar, president of Sare Homes Phase 3 RWA said, “We are living in a society without any functional firefighting system in the society. For more than two years, we have been facing the issue and in March we filed the complaint. During the meeting, the CM directed the district town planner (enforcement) to make a plan with the fire department to put into operation the firefighting system in the society.”

At the meeting, DTP RS Batth informed the CM that the department was already working on the problems faced by the residents and also deliberated on detailed measures that can be taken under provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.

Praveen Malik, president of Sare Homes RWA phases 1 and 2, said, “We have requested the district authority to take over the complete project as there are several discrepancies.”



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Gurugram: DTCP denies completion papers to Malibu Towne – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has denied a completion certificate to Malibu Towne as the developer failed to complete construction of community sites. The township has around 16 approved community sites, of which only 11 have been constructed so far.

Malibu Towne has been mired in controversy for a host of violations and illegal construction in the green belt. The township was allegedly constructed without taking mandatory environment clearance and development was not completed as per the approved plan.

Malibu Estate Private Ltd had applied for the completion certificate for its residential plotted colony —Malibu Towne — which is developed on 205 acres of land in Sector 50.

Senior town planner (STP) Sanjeev Man said as per the approved layout plan of the residential plotted colony of Malibu Towne, it should have 16 community facilities like schools, dispensary, crèche, religious buildings and club. All these structures should have been completed by May 2018. However, it was noticed that of the 16 community sites, the occupation certificates have been issued only for 11 community buildings till September 2018. Also, one religious building has been handed over to the government and a site for a sub-post office is provided in the shopping centre. “The occupation certificates for the remaining four community buildings have not been obtained by the developer till date,” he said.

The licence issued to the colony, according to the official, has lapsed and the developer has not renewed it. The DTCP has also found other violations like unauthorised construction in green belt, construction of sewerage treatment plant in the green area, installation of generator sets in parks and construction of an unauthorised cable room. “In view of these reasons, the completion certificate was declined to the township,” said K Makar and Pandurang, DTCP director.

The developer of Malibu Towne could not be contacted for his comment despite repeated attempts by TOI.

On October 17, developers and directors of Malibu Towne were booked by Gurgaon police for multiple violations of existing norms and rules related to developing a private colony. The case was registered on the district town planner’s complaint. The move was initiated after the DTCP hadn’t received a satisfactory reply on the violations from the developer. In October, a dispensary constructed on a one-acre land was allegedly demolished following the department had issued a notice to the developer.



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Gurugram: Six years on, no flats yet, Supertech Basera buyers protest – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Homebuyers of Supertech Basera, an affordable housing project in Sector 79, protested at the project site on Sunday against the developer as their flats, booked six years ago, haven’t been delivered yet.

According to buyers, only two of the project’s 15 towers are near completion, while the rest aren’t even 60% complete. Buyers said repeated complaints to Supertech as well as the department of town and country planning (DTCP) bore no fruit.

Launched in 2014 with a deadline of 2018, the developer managed to get environmental clearance only two years later. The deadline for completion of the project was then revised to January 2020. While the project has over 1,900 units, only 200 units are ready, buyers said.

Supertech, however, claimed that it will start giving possession of two towers before Diwali. When contacted by TOI, Supertech chairman and managing director RK Arora said, “Construction work is going on in full swing and possession will soon be offered to allottees of two towers. The remaining towers will be completed in another six months.”

Buyers, meanwhile, said they have paid the full price of their units and want possession at the earliest. “We have had numerous discussions with the developer. Various dates for project completion were shared with the homebuyers, but the project is not even 60% complete after six years,” said Partha Sarathy Hota, a buyer.

“Tower 5 construction is on the 3rd floor of 14 floors but full payment was taken by the builder on time. This is a clear case of cheating. Money should be given back and the contractor should be blacklisted by the authorities,” said Rana Balraj, a buyer.

He added that unfortunately authorities have done nothing and the homebuyers are suffering.

Another homebuyer Ajay Bhayan said, “I have made full payment for my flat but still the structure of my tower 14 is not even up to 3rd floor and if we talk about the complete project then it seems it will take another 4-5 years to complete. We have written to various government agencies such as HRERA and CM window but no response has been received.”



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Gurugram: Illegal construction rampant, residents of DLF-2 and 3 go to DTCP – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of DLF-2 and 3 have approached the department of town and country planning (DTCP) seeking action against rampant illegal construction going on in the area by some plot owners in violation of the building norms.

Sudhir Wahi, a resident of DLF-2, said unauthorised construction being carried out by one of his neighbours, Parveen Gupta, caused damage to his house. DTCP has already recommended the registration of an FIR against Gupta for violating the building norms and causing injuries to another neighbour.

“The force exerted by the commercial digging machines that were used by my neighbour has damaged my underground water tank. The tank has now become unusable as water leaks from it, resulting in seepage in connecting walls,” Wahi said. He added that the beams on Gupta’s ground floor are projecting beyond his boundary and resulted in cracks in Wahi’s wall.

DTCP filed a police complaint and recommended an FIR against Gupta, his architect and structural engineer for violating building norms three days ago after the parapet wall on the terrace of Gupta’s building fell on an adjacent house in September last year, due to which a neighbour sustained injuries.

As per the complaint filed by the department, the parapet wall on the building’s terrace, which was supposed to have a thickness of 9 inches, was only four-inch thick and failed structurally.

During the course of its investigation, the DTCP found that Gupta had procured approval of the building plan through the self-certification scheme. Under this, the owner, along with the architect and the structural engineer, is responsible for carrying out and supervising construction as per norms, and also for ensuring safety.

Wahi said, “While I will follow the process in court, I have written to DTCP and DLF to get the construction stopped immediately at Gupta’s premises. If not stopped, the illegal construction may lead to my house collapsing. Gupta should also be directed to get the damages to my property rectified urgently at his cost,” he said.

Tej Singh Yadav, a resident of DLF-3 has also submitted a complaint to DTCP alleging threats by neighbours. “My parents, who are elderly and have heart disease, are being harassed by some neighbours after they objected to unauthorised construction in the latter’s buildings. One of the neighbours is carrying out unauthorised construction, which is blocking the staircase and poses a risk to the structural integrity of the 30-year-old building in which we live,” said Mili, Yadav’s daughter.

The department has been flooded with many such similar complaints in the two DLF colonies, where unauthorised construction has damaged adjoining buildings or posed threats to the buildings’ structures.

When contacted, district town planner RS Batth said: “We have taken action against such buildings and property owners in DLF areas. I will personally visit the sites and initiate strict action against unauthorised construction. In case of serious violations, the department will file police complaints against the property owners.”



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