Gurugram: Vatika G-21 flats handed in 2016, no sign of OC yet – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: Residents of Vatika G-21 are worried as the occupancy certificate for two towers in the Sector 83 upscale condominium has yet not been obtained by the developer. Their repeated pleas to the developer as well as multiple authorities over the past five years, the residents claim, have only fallen on deaf ears.

Spread across 20 acres with 14 towers, the project was launched in 2008 and the developer started giving possession to homebuyers in phases from 2012. The residents of towers A and C4 took possession of their flats in 2016. However, even five years after possession of their apartments, the builder has not been able to obtain the OC for these two towers, which have more than 120 flats.

“We have been continuously following up the matter with the developer but got only false assurances and excuses. We are now living under constant fear and mental stress as these two towers do not have OC,” Samaresh Sinha, one of the residents, said.

According to the residents, in the absence of an OC, neither they can insure their properties against natural calamities nor sell the same. “We cannot sell our flats as no buyer would buy a property without an OC. We can’t even mortgage it against a bank loan. We are really worried now,” said Alok Jha, another resident.

“Moreover, the society doesn’t have a concrete boundary wall. It’s just a temporarily fencing, which poses a serious security concern as well,” said Pradip Rahi, another resident.

Some of the residents living in these two towers have also approached H-Rera and the department of town and country planning (DTCP) against the developer, but are yet to get any relief from the authorities.

“Initially I was reluctant to take the keys of my flat, but I had received a mail from the developer saying that if I did not take possession within the stipulated time-frame, they would impose a penalty,” said Anirban Roy Chowdhury, another resident.

“OC is under process by the government department concerned and will be done shortly,” said Naveen Bakshi, president (operations), Vatika Limited.

Sanjeev Mann, senior town planner, said he was not aware of the matter.

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Ramakrishna Layout residents seek Coimbatore corporation’s help to reclaim encroached land – ET RealEstate

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COIMBATORE: Residents of Ramakrishna Layout in Cheran Ma Nagar have urged city corporation officials to retrieve a piece of land earmarked as open space reserve (OSR) from an encroacher.

The layout was approved by the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP) in 1990 after 10%, which is 36 cents, was shown as OSR. Meanwhile, the landowner created a separate layout for the piece of land in violation of rules and got approval from the city corporation three years ago.

M Suresh, a resident, said he bought a housing plot in 1998 in his mother’s name. “I recently came to know that there was an OSR land and dug deeper to get old land records. I was surprised to know that the owner created a layout for the OSR land in a different name and is trying to sell it. I came to know through newspapers about the steps taken by the civic body recently to retrieve OSR lands. Officials should help us also,” he said.

“The owner constructed a house on two cents and is getting Rs 7,000 rent from it. The rest of the land would be lost if the civic body does not act,” Suresh added.

The area is being developed at a fast pace and soon there would not be any empty space left, said S Sathish Kumar, another resident. “We want to use the OSR land for recreational purposes. Our kids would not have any place to play if the land is taken away from us.”

Several OSR plots across the city have been usurped by promoters and landowners, activist S P Thiyagarajan said. “In many instances, they obtained approval from local bodies after showing it as a new layout. The civic body can take criminal action against such people and retrieve the land,” he said.

An official with the town planning wing of Coimbatore corporation told TOI that a team will inspect the place on Monday. “Action would be taken to retrieve the OSR land at the earliest,” he added.

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Gurugram: 1,000 buildings in DLF-3 blocks under DTCP scanner for violating plans – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has identified around 1.000 buildings in three blocks of DLF phase 3 that allegedly violated plans sanctioned by the authorities.

The owners of these buildings, which have been constructed on plots meant for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), have been found to have raised extra floors and carried out unauthorised constructions even after procuring occupation certificates ( OCs). The enforcement wing of DTCP carried out a survey of the buildings in S, U and V blocks of DLF phase 3 after receiving complaints from residents.

District town planner (enforcement) RS Batth said the department was checking the status of buildings on three counts — whether the developers have taken OCs or not, if they have made illegal constructions after getting the certificates and whether the structures are under construction.

“We have got details of around 1,000 buildings in the area. After tallying their details with departmental data, we will soon be initiating action against the offenders,” he added.

The move followed complaints by residents about the quality of construction and the overall safety of the buildings. During the survey, it was found that the plot owners had used up 100% of their area, constructed 6-7 storeys in violation of the plan and combined two or more plots to build commercial structures like offices, shops and eateries.

According to Batth, these buildings have come up over the past 10 to 12 years. The department, he said, is studying the OCs issued to buildings in DLF 3 during this period. “We have written to the developer to share a plot-wise list of the area, details of ownership transfers and the action plan for suspension of services provided to the property owners who have constructed additional floors,” he added.

The licences for residential colonies are granted under the provisions of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975, and Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Rules, 1976. Under them, around 15% of plots in licenced colonies are reserved for the EWS category. “While approving the zoning plan, it had been categorically mentioned that only one dwelling unit is allowed in this category of plots (EWS). Further, 66% of ground coverage and 2.64 floor-area ratio (FAR) is allowed in keeping with the prevailing policy,” Batth said.

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Gurugram: South City 1 owners under scanner for extra floors – ET RealEstate

GURUGRAM: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has recommended registration of an FIR against property owners in South City 1 for covering 100% plot area and constructing additional floors without permission from the competent authority.

The owners, who did not procure the occupation certificates, are under the lens for violation of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.

“The owners of house number Q 411 and Q 412 in South City carried out unauthorised construction by covering 100% setback area and did not obtain mandatory approval for extra floors,” said district town planner (enforcement) RS Batth.

He said the property is part of a licensed plotted colony for which licence was granted under Section 3 of the Act. “The owners also combined two different units into one without taking permission from the competent authority,” said the official.

He said the owners were served show-cause notices and restoration orders but had failed to furnish a satisfactory reply, following which the DTCP recommended an FIR at the Sector 40 police station.

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