In a first of its kind case in Pune, Dehu Road police on Tuesday filed an FIR against a builder for not executing a conveyance deed and carrying out constructions beyond the sanctioned plan. The action follows a recent circular issued by Special Inspector General of Police Prabhat Kumar directing police commissioners in the state to take action on citizens’ complaints against errant builders.
RTI activist Sreejit Rameshan approached Dehu Road police station on Tuesday and filed a complaint against builders Mahavir Barlota and Gautam Barlota of Barlota Associates under the Maharashtra Ownership Flat Act (MOFA) and Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act.
“The builders have not executed the conveyance deed and have been deliberately delaying for several years. There are more than 22 societies within Barlotanagar and the builders have not executed the conveyance deed for any society. Moreover, they have not fulfilled their promises in providing facilities like garden, playground and gymnasium,” alleged Rameshan.
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Rameshan further alleged that the open spaces shown to the residents and Dehu Road Cantonment Board while getting the plan sanctioned have now been illegally encroached upon by the builders. “The builders have built an unauthorised boundary wall to stop the access of Barlotanagar residents, thus inconveniencing them. The Dehu Road Cantonment Board has also issued a notice under section 248 of the
Cantonment Act to both builders to remove the unauthorised boundary wall, but the builders did not heed,” Rameshan said.
There are 22 societies and 400 flats in Barlotanagar. The buildings were constructed 20 years back. When contacted, senior police inspector Amar Waghmode confirmed that an FIR has been lodged against the builders. “We have lodged an FIR and are now inquiring into it. We will take action like carrying out arrests, if required, after the inquiry is completed,” he said.
When contacted, Mahavir Barlota said that he should not be blamed alone for the pending conveyance deeds. “I have been ever ready to complete the conveyance deeds and hand them over to the flat owners. However, many of them have failed to provide the flat documents required to execute the deeds,” he said.
Barlota said his only fault was that he could not pursue the matter with the flat owners. “However, in the next three months, I will do the needful and hand over the conveyance deeds to the respective societies,” he said.
However, Rameshan said that the conveyance deeds are not the only issue, and he would pursue the matter of illegal constructions as well. “I will approach the police again to file more cases,” he said.