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

Feb 26, 2014, 08:44 IST | Chetna Yerunkar

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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