The Maharashtra State Consumer Commission has ordered a builder to refund Rs13 lakh collected towards society formation, maintenance and other charges from the residents of a Mumbai building. Twelve members of Heritage View Cooperative Housing Society Ltd had filed a complaint with the Commission that the builder had failed to fulfil statutory obligations. This included failure to provide office premises for the society, cabin for the security staff, proper water connection, failure to form the cooperative housing society and execute a conveyance deed to handover the entire open space in the compound to the members.
The builders, Kiran and Harsukhlal Hemani, will have to refund Rs7.8 lakh collected as monthly maintenance charges and Rs4.71 lakh will have to be paid on account of maintenance charges for unsold flats. A further Rs63,120 will have to be refunded towards society formation charges. The builder has to pay a compensation of Rs50,000 as well as obtain the occupation certificate and execute the conveyance deed within four months.
The Maharashtra Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission passed the order ex parte, after the builder failed to submit a written arguments before it.
In Maharashtra, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) sealed the clubhouse and cafeteria building of Lodha Paradise for defaulting on payment of property tax exceeding Rs10 lakh.
A notice to seal the premises was issued in the name of the builder Mangal Prabhat Lodha who has not handed over the premises to the federation of the 14-odd cooperative housing societies in the complex.
A cute land shortage in Mumbai has taken prices to astronomical heights. At the end of March, a 25-acre sprawling property belonging to Tata Steel in suburban Mumbai attracted a bid of Rs1,155 crore. Mumbai has area available for construction which is just about 200sq km, which accommodates 12 million people making for a claustrophobic situation. The city requires 2.1 million houses with an annual demand for 200,000 homes. Since the government has abdicated its responsibility, private developers who control Mumbai’s real estate development, make sure that supply is restricted to 25,000 houses every year. This ensures that demand and prices for apartments and land remain high and infrastructure development remains tardy.