The house buyers even staged a dharna during the Monsoon Session of the state legislature between July 21-23, along with union leader Prafulla Mhatre, to draw the attention of the state government and the home department to the matter.
A notice was also given to Azad Maidan police, the chief minister and the state home minister. Their allegations were that Builttech builders, using the name Quality developers, purchased a few plots from the farmers, under the 12.5 per cent scheme of CIDCO.
The builders formed a society in 2004 for the construction of Orient Avenue, Orient Arcade, Orient Corner, Orient Ram, Orient Ganesh, Orient Hira and Orient Viva. Over 100 old residents of the chawls booked their homes in the seven buildings by selling their old homes and jewellery.
Booking was done between 2004 and 2011, but not a single building was ready at the promised time and no buyer was given possession of the home in the last eight years.
They have also been unable to avail bank loans in the absence of sale agreement, tripartite agreement and other related documents. False cases have allegedly been registered against the house buyers, though they made all their payments.
The buyers who cancelled their bookings were given refund cheques, which allegedly bounced. Many of the buyers lodged cases against the builders and 53 cases have been lodged with the Thane Additional Consumer Forum, of which 14 have been disposed off. The builders allegedly failed to appear before the court on many occasions, and arrests warrants have been issued.
Six cases have been registered for cheating of customers and attempts to beat them up. The police are also looking for Baba Shukla, Shaukat Shaikh, Chandan Chavan, Samir Khan and Paresh Nikalje, who are absconding.
— Prafulla Mhatre, Shiv Sena