The district administration has lifted the ‘stop work’ order issued on Maple Shelters Group after checking with authorities and have intimated the registration department to check for details of all their projects before registration. The Maple Group projects were stuck after a case of cheating was registered against the firm for displaying a misleading advertisement for cheap housing.
Administration officials said that they conducted an inquiry and lifted the ‘stop work’ order for all their projects and registrations after verification. “Caution has to be maintained. We will ensure that the projects are not showcased again under misleading advertisements,” said a senior revenue official.
In May, the Bombay High Court had granted interim anticipatory bail to Sachin Agarwal, his brother Naveen and other suspects associated with Maple Group. The Group is under police scanner for allegedly cheating people by releasing advertisements promising 1BHK flats for Rs 5 lakh. The builders had refunded application fees of all the 32,000 people who had booked the flats, they had said.
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The Maple Group had advertised the Rs 5 lakh apartments in regional and national newspapers, using photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat giving the impression that it is a government project. The builder intended to sell 10,000 flats to people from low income groups from total bookings of about one lakh applicants.
Since 1997, the group has built 5,550 homes, offices and shops spread over three million square feet and ventured into the affordable housing sector in 2012 with ‘Aapla Ghar’.