Consequences of living in an incomplete apartment…

Amrapali Sapphire was in the news recently when its residents waged a Twitter war against the builder which had handed over flats but didn’t provide all the amenities it had promised. Soon enough, M S Dhoni stepped down as Amrapali’s brand ambassador. At Parsvnath Exotica in Gurgaon, over 100 flats booked 12 years ago are still being completed. The Exotica buyers are waiting for occupancy papers but the dual pressure of paying rents and EMIs for inordinately delayed homes have compelled flat owners in many other projects to move into incomplete apartments, Sapphire being a case in point. Then, there is the sense of betrayal. Every brochure promised a Utopian home, overlooking a leafy compound with a big blue swimming pool, a balcony to soak in fresh air (of which there is anyway limited stock in NCR) and an air-conditioned gym to detox in comfort. But what was delivered looked almost dystopic with dust patches for lawns where marble-cutters, not birds, screech, the balcony overlooking the opaque elevation of the adjacent tower and just one functional lift to service, say, 24 floors.

In Gurgaon, according to estimates, over 2 lakh people are living in 180 societies that don’t have completion certificates for the entire township.

In Noida, housing projects awaiting environmental clearance delayed by two years or more started getting completion certificates from August 2015. Till March, 20 projects got full completion certificates, while 18 got part completion certificates. In Noida Extension, two projects -Gaur City and Supertech’s Ecovillage I -have been given partial completion certificates.

In this first of a three-part series on the NCR real-estate market, TOI talks to people who have moved into such apartments to figure out what they have to live with every day.

No completion certificate even after 16 yrs

Name: Sanjay Lal City: Gurgaon Project: Ambience Lagoon Moved in: 2004 Facilities such as club and, green area have not been delivered yet. Boundary wall is still incomplete. It’s been 16 years but we haven’t got what we were promised. As the developer doesn’t have completion certificate for the entire township, we have still not got facilities like swimming pool. In fact, access to the common area has been a big issue in the township. We are still paying to the developer for power and we are paying Rs 1 extra per unit

Depend on tankers for water supply

Name: Namita Sarkar City: Gurgaon Project: Tulip White Moved in: April 2015 W e are dependent on the developer for power and water infrastructure. For power, we are paying twice the amount that we would have paid DHBVN (the local discom). Water is still supplied by tankers. As the township hasn’t got a completion certificate yet, the infrastructure around it – roads, for instance – is in very bad shape. There are very few schools and markets around

Housekeeping is still a problem

Name: Sachin Sharma City: Greater Noida (West) Project: Supertech, Ecovillage II Moved in: 2015 – We rushed to take possession of our flats because we were financially stretched having to pay both rent and EMI. We are now in a compromised situation, we are being charged high rates for electricity. Housekeeping is still a problem. Security and safety issues also persist. We have complained with the builders. Hopefully our concerns will be addressed.

90% still without possession

Name: Vikram City: Noida Project: Emaar Palm Drive Moved in: 2015 – We were promised possession in 2013, but more than 90% of the people haven’t got possession yet. In absence of the completion certificate, no facilities are being ensured to the ones living in the township. It is not safe as street lights around the area and road infrastructure is in a shambles. Security is therefore a major issue. Power and water supply are also a problem. Residents are forced to pay more for electricity and water is still provided by tankers.

Credits ET Realty

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