The Chandigarh Housing Board has been been penalised by the UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for not granting a house owner in Dhanas,a No Objection Certificate.
Tek Chand had stated in his complaint that he was allotted an LIG house at Dhanas village whose possession was delivered to him in March 1988. The allotment,he said,was on a hire purchase basis and as per the terms and conditions of the allotment,he was required to pay the price of the house in instalments of Rs 352 per month for a period of 18 years.
According to the complainant,he paid all the instalments regularly and nothing was outstanding against him. In September 2006,he applied for No Objection Certificate with the board. Consequently,he received a notice in May 2007 asking him for a draft of Rs 15,799. It was mentioned in the letter that he had not paid three monthly instalments and the ground rent for the period between March 24,2006 and March 23,2008 was also pending against him.
According to Tek,when he visited the office of the board to make his representation,he was handed over a statement of the three instalments in August and September 1991 and April 1993 that were shown to have not been paid by him. He submitted the receipts for payment of these instalments,despite which he was not given the NOC.
In the written statement,the board has mentioned that the complainant has not deposited the outstanding dues and is not entitled to the NOC and that the complainant was called for reconciliation but he did not attend the office.
The forum observed that,from the evidence on record,it was proved that the instalments shown as outstanding,had been paid by Tek. Thus,the forum ordered the board to immediately issue the NOC and to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation for mental agony and harassment caused to the complainant. Additionally,they are to bear litigation costs of Rs 7,000.