Luxurious amenities become pain for housing societies

THANE: Luxurious amenities like swimming pools, club houses, gyms that were used to lure home buyers into purchasing flats in plush complexes have now either being gathering dust or being shut for lack of usage.

A dipstick survey carried out by media revealed that nearly 33% of the complexes that had provided such luxurious amenites had to shut them down as residents were not using them often. Swimming pools in most housing societies were not functional due to water scarcity and high maintenance costs.

Unable to maintain the amenities, some societies have even outsourced their clubhouses to management companies, while others have converted their defunct pools into play areas for children.

“Maintaining the pool was proving to be costly. So, we decided to convert it into a small ground,” said Prasad K, a resident of a plust society in Kalwa.

Even though these housing societies charge members high maintenance, they are still unable to maintan the amenities. Manitaining a pool requires adequate filtration of water, deploying lifeguards and much more.

In the initial years, the amenities seem to be well maintained as the developers often employ salaried professionals for the job but once the same is handed over to residents, it often turns unfeasible to operate the same.

Meanwhile, developers siad that the onus is on the residents. “We offer amenities like clubs and gyms so that residents can unwind without having to step out of the complex. It is up to the society to maintain the premises and amenities after it is handed over to them,” said a developer.

However, housing experts said that such amenities contribute towards the value of any property in the initial stages, but often end up proving to be unfeasible. “A developer may not incur huge costs while constructing a complex with such amenities. Also, the rate of flats is rises with the inclusion of such amenities,” said a realty expert.

But there are some exceptions. Complexes like Eternity, Hiranandani Meadows, Vedant, Wimbledon Park, Edenwoods seem to be maintaining the amenities properly. “Ours is a two-decade old complex. We have unanimously decided to allocate a central financial fund for maintaining infrastructure like pools, clubs in the complex. All the amenities are used by the nearly 800 members,” said T N Raghunatha, secretary of Edenwoods.

Credits ET Realty

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