Celebrity Homes RWA, which is known as NRI Group Housing Palam Vihar Condominium is identifiable as a tall circular building in Palam Vihar, which badly needs a coat of paint. Known as one of the posh areas, with VIP residents, a newcomer to the city would not be at fault if they do not think so.
President, Lalit M Chawla of the aforementioned RWA on being asked about the maintenance problems in the area said, “According to a Supreme Court guideline, a builder is supposed to maintain a complex for 5 years after the completion of the project. Ansals are yet to get the completion certificate for Celebrity Homes, and yet they are not maintaining the roads and lights of the complex, which they are legally bound to do. Last week, I had a meeting with the builders and when we told them that we want them to maintain the complex, they refused point blank.
Initially, when they took up the project, they promised completion of it within 3 – 4 years but they delivered all the apartments after 12 years. We were handed over the building in 2010, and before that they painted the complex once and that too from our sinking fund (a fund collected by residents over a period of time for replacing lifts, lights and generators). They not only used the money for the paint job of the building but have also refused to pay the balance to us, when asked by the NRI Group Housing Palam Vihar Condominium.
You see, there is a nexus between bureaucracy and builders. Since the judiciary is time taking, we cannot go to the court and hang on for the next 2-3 years. Moreover, this is not a practical solution. Hence, we are left with nothing to do but to meet and shout.”
Reflecting the same sentiment, Sector 1 Palam Vihar President SK Sodhani said, “ I can give you the document addressed to the Senior Town Planner, where we have stated all our problems with the builder. Maintenance should be taken care of the Ansals but they stopped maintaining the colony for more than one year. In April 2013, they transferred the maintenance responsibilities to Palam Vihar Residents Association (PVRA) meant for whole of Palam Vihar, which is divided into three sectors.”
According to the document handed over to us, a 600 acres plotted colony cannot be handed over to any RWA, which has resulted adversely on the maintenance of the colony. Some areas of the colony is in such a bad condition that it is not accessible via bikes or cars.
Going by the facts, we can say that Ansals API made and discarded Palam Vihar and residents, who bought high priced properties are in soup, inspite of maintaining the area.