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Kurla building issue: Denied possession, buyers drag builder to court

20 buyers who booked flats in HDIL’s Kurla building project have filed individual cases; homebuyers allege the developer is harassing them while handing over flats

Irked with the builder denying them possession of their dream homes, 20 homebuyers have filed cases against the developer in the city civil court.

Frustrated with delay: Aggrieved homebuyers staged a protest outside HDIL’s Bandra office in January, and plan to carry out a similar agitation on March 1. File Pic
Frustrated with delay: Aggrieved homebuyers staged a protest outside HDIL’s Bandra office in January, and plan to carry out a similar agitation on March 1. File Pic

The aggrieved buyers had booked flats at Housing Development & Infrastructure Limited’s (HDIL) Premier Residences Kurla project, and were assured possession in December last year. But as the possession date neared, the builder called them to his office and demanded an additional sum for extra areas built.

The unexpected demand did not go down well with the buyers, as the developer wasn’t ready to give them anything in writing. “Twenty cases have been filed against the builder by various individuals, as he is still not ready to give us anything in writing. We are also planning to approach the Economic Offences Wing (EOW),” said Iqbal Mulani, who is awaiting possession of his flat.

Buyers said that the builder asked them for the additional payment after the civic body demanded the money. But, when MiD DAY inquired with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, they denied making any monetary demands, stating they were unaware of the building project.

“Even the civic authorities have said they did not ask for any extra money, other than what they demanded the money for,” added Mulani. The homebuyers are also planning to stage a protest outside the builder’s Bandra office on March 1.

HDIL speak
The spokesperson maintained the same comment, which he had stated earlier, saying, “We are ready with 1,000 flats at the Kurla Premier Residences project. The company has already handed over nearly 200 flats and in the process of handing over another 200 flats.

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, company has paid all requisite taxes and every transaction is registered as required for by the laws of the land.”

Mired in delays
According to the homebuyers, HDIL had initially promised them possession in 2012, but postponed it to 2013. The flats still remain with the builder till date.

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  • Innocent Indians Rule by People in Pakistan26-Feb-2014

    This builder is well backed by police and D-company. This was the threat given when i went to HDIL office in Bandra by one of his men where in if we try to act against HDIL lesson will be thought by Dawood bhai and the worst part is it happened in front of police officer. We pay the tax to Government of India and politicians support this builders to give them fund for election and result we are threatend by anti social elements sitting in Pakistan. Who says we have freedom.

  • bmshetty26-Feb-2014

    HDIL is known for such things and they have used same trick in WHISPERING TOWER MULUND LBS. People should gather in more number set the builder right . also there are issues like car parking money.

  • DreamDenied26-Feb-2014

    The delayed possession is for more than 4 years.. This builder is greedy and has cheated customers all the way. there was supposedly a clubhouse as well in the sales pitch which they never constructed and will never construct. This project being part of SRA project. Iam not sure why the govt officials are all silent on this issue?

  • Ahmed26-Feb-2014

    I had booked flat in Premier Residences Kurla West, on 09-03-2009. Till 21-02-2011, 85% of the cost was paid. Final installment was paid on 13-11-2013. Thereafter nos. of demand notes were sent to pay service tax, VAT , interest on service tax interest on VAT maintenance deposit etc. Which I paid as and when requested.On 02-12-2013, I was told that I will get call from your office to get the possession of flat. I have not yet received call for possession

  • khan Atiullah26-Feb-2014

    Same thing with project in kurla east here builder is asking for money in cash but will not give any receipt for that even though project haven't completed

  • Dreams the mall02-Apr-2014

    HDIL is a fraud company and dons not follow the law of LAND and also does not follow MOFA. HDIL is chindhi chor company. All political parties get their hissa and so they don't want to talk against this builder. SEBI must esquire about cash part this builder taking as it is lost to the share holders. HDIL built a hospital illegally in dreams the mall Bhandup, Mumbai and MCGM does nothing against complaint made. These officers are purchased by HDIL.

  • AZEEMUDDIN ASAD27-Feb-2014

    BUYERS SHOULD FORM A UNION / SOCIETY / ASSOCIATION AND VISIT EVERY SUNDAY TO THEIR PROJECT ALL FLAT OWNERS WHO BOOKED FLATS HAS TO COME ALSO TAKE ALONG WITH YOU SOCIAL ACTIVITIST, LAWYERS , GIVE LETTER TO COLLECTOR, SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE ALSO DON'T PAY WITHOUT ANY RECEIPT MAKE USE OF MEDIA. PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION TO ALL FRIENDS , RELATIVES, NRI'S TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT EACH SUNDAY / EVERY MONTH THE FIRST SUNDAY THE BUYERS HAS TO CHECK THE PROGRESS OF WORK AND PAY ACCORDINGLY

  • Sunny26-Feb-2014

    The earliest date of possession as per sale agreement with HDIL was December 2010. Hence the delay is 4 years plus. HDIL stand is that the extra payment is for utilities. Then why are they afraid and unwilling to give that in writing. It's anybody guess that if they are not giving demand for extra payment in writing, they are hiding something which is unjustifiable. Extra demand runs into several lakhs of rupees. And they have resorted to bargaining with the buyers.Why?To get illegal money

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