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Give us our new homes, say protestors

Home-buyers protest in front of the HDIL Tower in Bandra after the firm failed to hand over possession letters to several buyers. The protestors allege that the company is demanding more money for ‘additional amenities’

As many as 400 people gathered outside the head office of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) in Bandra East on Saturday to protest against the real estate company’s inability to give them possession of flats in the HDIL Premiere Residence. The buyers claimed that the company had assured them of providing them possession by 2012. Around 1,035 houses in HDIL Premiere Residence in Kurla West were sold and most of the owners had been kept on hold since 2011.

Protestors demand possession of their homes outside the HDIL Tower in Bandra on Saturday. PIC/ATUL KAMBLE
Protestors demand possession of their homes outside the HDIL Tower in Bandra on Saturday. Pic/Atul Kamble

This protest was followed by another group of home buyers of Galaxy Apartments in Kurla East, another project by HDIL group. After an hour’s wait for the Director, Rakesh Wadhwan, the Executive Director, Joseph Putthatu, met around 350 people, who had gathered to ask for the possession letter. Many of them have made 85 to 100 per cent payments.

During the discussion, Putthatu asked them to pay an additional amount, as they have built additional amenities for them. Also, they were asked to claim the possession in person. But the people protested that it’s an illegal demand and they want this demand to be delivered in writing, which the builder had been ignoring for a long time.

“The dreams of over a thousand home owners are at stake, as HDIL is withholding possession. Most of the owners are now caught between paying the EMI towards the bank loan, while HDIL merrily enjoys the hard-earned monies of gullible home purchasers,” said Krishnan Venkatesh, one of the investors.

Iqbal Mulani, another home buyer said, “I had booked a 1BHK flat in March 2009 and I haven’t received its possession yet. This would have been my first home in the city and it was our dream to move into it. Our present dwelling is too small to accommodate my wife and three kids. The builder, HDIL, has now demanded R 3,60,000 from me for the balcony portion, which they had never mentioned earlier. It isn’t possible for everyone to afford so much in such a short time.”

A spokesperson from HDIL, however, said that they are ready with the Premier and Galaxy projects in Kurla and the company has already initiated handing over flats to home buyers. “Additional payments, if any, taken for various utilities are fully accounted and duly acknowledged receipt is given to every buyer and for every payment made. Thereby, the company has paid all requisite taxes and every transaction is registered as required for by the laws of the land.”

Voices
I received a letter by HDIL that said pay the final payment and the additional money in order to start possession formalities. According to the agreement, the balcony is inclusive of the property and recent laws that have passed also doesn’t support this. They also said the additional amount includes flower bed and duct area. This is absurd. They just want to loot us.
— Shabnam Latiwala

I have invested all my money by selling my house in Thane. This demand is not right.
— A.J Bhati

We want a written letter from the builder asking us for the demand. And why is it that they want the additional money in cash and not through cheque?
— Anthony Mendonsa

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22 Comments

  • Rajeev26-Jan-2014

    I am one of the investors who is caught in this scam run by the builder (HDIL). The builder is refusing to send in writing about extra 10 %payment on top of what we were required to pay as per agreement. He wants everyone to meet individually under the guise of explaining the reasoning for extra charges and is also suggesting that cash payment will get a discount. Builder is trying to exhort from his customers and get black money so that he does not have to report to HDIL investors.

  • Earl26-Jan-2014

    This is ridiculous...Builders should be held accountable for this! They have no right to cheat home buyers of their hard earned money.On one side the builder demands excess money on the other hand the buyer has to pay EMI's for the loan along with providing for the family and other regular commitments.Demanding for car parks, fungible area ,delayed possesions ,etc is now the norm for the builders...Does the common man always have to pay the price?

  • Mustali Kachwala27-Jan-2014

    I have also purchased a flat at Premier Residency Kurla. The builder has hold up possession on the pretext of additional money. Date of possession is mentioned as Dec 2011 in my registered agreement. The wait is still on ...

  • Mr.Z.R.Munshi26-Jan-2014

    All purchasers of HDIL properties in Mumbai should be informed about the malpractices which they might also face in future at the time of possession .Since their officer Mr. Joseph informed during the meeting with premier residences owners that he has sold the flats individually and not collective, as he himself is not well versed with the ground realities of the project also mentioning that the increase in area was found out during audit - Fail to understand what audit ???

  • Jagadish Gawade27-Jan-2014

    Builder should immediately give possession to these people, all such victim should get united against this type of builders and raise voice against them. Current HDIL buyers in other projects, BE CAREFUL....

  • Ram28-Jan-2014

    HDIL is gone mad and they are compromising their future by doing this. Everyone in market knows about HDIL now. I have booked flat in HDIL majestic tower and possesion date verbally told Dec 2012, on agreement told Dec 2013 and now HDIL saying it will be August 2016. where is the law in this country. Government takes VAT, Service tax, property tax, stamp duty , regestration charges , where the hell government is now when people are suffering after paying all these taxes. it is high time now.

  • Pravin27-Jan-2014

    If 400 citizens are gathered in protest to oppose this additional money (verbal) demands by HDIL with already delay in possession of 2 years, authority should take some immediate action.

  • Ram28-Jan-2014

    contd... These morons does not fear the law. these guys should be punished to jail. Government is not with. feeling like better I would taken shanty somewhere atleast I could have started staying with full chances of getting flat in building in future with FREE OF COST.

  • SHABBIR A DARESALAMWALA27-Jan-2014

    Dear Sirs, Most of the informed buyers of properties do so after various checks on the builders and through proper legal procedures of documentation and agreements.These incidences shows how gullible people are in matters even when there is a laid out procedure for buying a property.If these are the plights of the educated people,only imagination can tell us what would be happening to the uneducated or less informed people. Thank you

  • shant27-Jan-2014

    contd... HDIL has currently debarred home owners from visiting their own flats. Every one of the flats in premier residency has massive leakage and the shoddy quality of work has to be seen to be believed. Where is the law of the land? We are stuck with this ruthless and un-ethical builder. I will only ask the readers to "BEWARE of HDIL"

  • Sunny27-Jan-2014

    I booked a flat in Kurla from HDIL in 2009. Verbally they told me October 2010 as possession date. However, on agreement in May 2009 they put the date as December 2010. Today we are in January 2014 and still no possession. Plus new verbal demand from HDIL for extra money in several lakhs of rupees and that also in cash, presumably for 'extra' amenities. This in addition to extra burden in the form of Service Tax/VAT on account of delay and the parking issue. HDIL is fleecing people.

  • Rakesh27-Jan-2014

    I invested in HDIL Metropolis in Andheri West. that project is not only delayed by 4 years, they are now asking 70 lakh as extra money which is ridiculous and illegal. These guys have no fear of law? Are we living in lawless land? Are all authorities sleeping? How come BMC is not objecting to such mass looting? This should be treated as a case of forgery and cheating and crimial case should be filed against the owners of the company

  • Arif27-Jan-2014

    We have paid 100 % even 200 people have got possession and 50 + staying in the premises, Now HDIL is extorting amount more than 8 Lakhs and asking in Cash. Their Chairman during earlier meeting said , go to court we will see how you get Flat before 10 Years. Law in this country has become Joke ... A big Joke . Whom we can trust ? where to Go ? India is changing but these Leech are ensuring poor peoples blood sucked by them.

  • shant27-Jan-2014

    Joseph Putthatu, the HDIL executive director is lying shamelessly. All the HDIL Premier residency home owners have got telephonic demands of an additional 5lakhs to 10Lakhs to be paid in black after letters asking the owners to take possession were already sent out. Now instead of giving possession, HDIL is now blackmailing owners to pay up the additional amount or they will not get possession even after the owners have paid the full amount as per agreement. Contd...

  • Harminder singh 29-Jan-2014

    The government.should. Look. Into this matter. ASAP. Why the local. Bodies. Who the public. Elect. Should. Not Look Into. It people. Should get their own Flats. At the earliest & justice done

  • Harminder singh 29-Jan-2014

    The government.should. Look. Into this matter. ASAP. Why the local. Bodies. Who the public. Elect. Should. Not Look Into. It people. Should get their own Flats. At the earliest & justice done

  • aj05-Feb-2014

    We at meadows project byHDIL are suffering the same plight. The projecy launched 4yrs ago, but no sign of work @ site. And builder keeps sending demand letters even after the due paymenst are cleared. They are working out various ways to extract money from buyers. Wonder when would the meadows owner get to see their houses.

  • hdil meadows owners06-Feb-2014

    I have booked flat in hdil meadows project on 20th floor, builder assured to get into agreement though cc and other approvals are not available, there would be no demand for money until project is approved by bank, still we got ddmand letters. For 10 lava and 2nd letter subseqently asking for interest payable at 21% further adding to agony, govt please help

  • hdil meadows owners06-Feb-2014

    I have booked flat in hdil meadows project on 20th floor, builder assured to get into agreement though cc and other approvals are not available, there would be no demand for money until project is approved by bank, still we got ddmand letters. For 10 lava and 2nd letter subseqently asking for interest payable at 21% further adding to agony, govt please help

  • Rahim11-Feb-2014

    I booked at Majestic and same problem. No work going on. Even CC is not in place and Wadhawan the big thief is sending payment notice. I hope the court take suo moto cognizance and take action against the errant builder. His son and he should both be behind bars for good.

  • PRASAD23-May-2014

    We all need to take a collective action and move on in consumer court otherwise the builder will keep us taking for granted

  • RAHAT kAZI18-Mar-2014

    I have also purchased a flat at Premier Residency Kurla A wing. The builder has not even arranged lift and basic amenities like electriclity water . He has hold up possession on the pretext of additional money. Date of possession mentioned as Dec 2011 in my registered Agreement.

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