Follow Us:
Friday, July 20, 2018

2001 quake: consumer panel dismisses compensation demand

A consumer dispute redressal commission has dismissed the complaints filed by the residents of an apartment in Ahmedabad seeking compensation for repairs of the building damaged in the January 26,2001 earthquake.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 28, 2009 4:05:55 am

A consumer dispute redressal commission has dismissed the complaints filed by the residents of an apartment in Ahmedabad seeking compensation for repairs of the building damaged in the January 26,2001 earthquake. The residents had alleged that the construction was defective and the building was not following the regulations.

According to the case details,the residents of Stuti Apartment in Paldi area had filed a complaint in the commission against the Ahmedabad civic corporation,seeking compensation for the repair work. They had also alleged that the builders were liable for the faulty lift in the apartment and inadequate water supply from the bore.

“The court dismissed the application saying the case was time barred,therefore,builders were not liable for giving any compensation to the residents,” said Satyajit Sen,counsel for the builders.

He added,the building was damaged during earthquake,but after an inspection by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (MAC) engineers and the expert body constituted by the government,the building was given G2 status,which means the builders had to pay the residents some money for the repairs. The builders had already paid this amount to them.

However,in 2002,the residents along with the Consumer Education Research Society filed the complaint in the commission.

“The management was already handed over the society. The residents had repaired the bore. Apartment lift was working properly,but the termite had eaten up the door as the residents ignored this problem and didn’t approach the termite controller,” added Sen.

For all the latest Ahmedabad News, download Indian Express App