Renowned developers have been asked by the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to pay Rs 2 lakh to the complainants as compensation for causing mental agony and physical harassment to them.
One of the big names include Unitech Limited which has been told to hand over the legal physical possession of the residential housing project touted as ‘Unitech City Mohali’, complete in all respects, to the complainants within six months, from the date of receipt of a certified copy of the order and on payment of the remaining due amount against the flats in question.
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The developers were also directed to execute the sale/ conveyance deed and get it registered in the name of the complainants after handing over the actual physical possession of the unit, within a period of one month thereafter. The stamp duty, registration charges and all other incidental and legal expenses for execution and registration of sale deed shall be borne by the complainants.
The commission further asked Unitech to pay charges at Rs 5 per sq ft per month of the saleable area of the floor in question, from November 27, 2012 up to March 31, 2016, along with an interest of 15 per cent per annum, within two months from the date of the receipt of the order.
Kuljit Singh Dogra, a resident of Sector 49, in his complaint said that Unitech had floated a residential housing project touted as ‘United City Mohali’ and invited applications from inpending buyers. It stated that Dogra, who wanted to purchase a house for personal use, applied for a flat measuring 160 sq meters in Block- B , Sector 107, in Mohali. The application dated June 15, 2009, was sent to their office in Chandigarh. It further stated that the developers had issued an allotment letter in favour of Dogra after which he had deposited the first installment of Rs 1,67,650 with the developers. A Flat Buyer’s Agreement was soon executed between complainant and the developers and by including EDC and preferential location charges, the total price came to be Rs.27,34,777.
The payment plan opted was a construction linked plan and the payment was to be made only when the developers raised the construction.
Despite payment of 98 per cent of the basic sale price of the flat, in question, Unitech did not complete the construction.
In its reply, Unitech has claimed that the developers are facing a lot of impediments in getting the electricity from PSPCL, which has further delayed the construction work.