National Consumer Commission slaps builder with notice after possession of flats not given to 66 customers

National Consumer Commission slaps builder with notice after possession of flats not given to 66 customers

PUNE: The National Consumer Commission issued notice to a builder, who for ten years has refused to hand over the flats to 66 customers who had bought flats in a housing project in Pimple Nilakh. The National Consumer Commissipon ordered the builder that these customers should be given possession of flats within three months; Also, the commission ordered the builder to pay six percent interest from the date of possession mentioned in the contract on the amount paid by the customer for the purchase of the flat.

Chairman of National Consumer Commission, Ram Maurya and member Dr. Inderjit Singh gave this verdict. The commission has also stated in the judgment that the builder should hand over the flats after paying the compensation amount to the customers. In this case, 'Sulochana City Home Buyers Association' had filed a complaint in the National Consumer Commission against Nandgude Patil Developers Company and its director Vilas Nandgude, a resident of Pimple Nilakh. On behalf of the association, Adv. Satyavikram Jagtap presented his side to the commission.

This construction company announced the construction of a housing project named Sulochana City in Pimple Nilakh in 2009. 66 members of the complainant association reserved flats in this housing project from 2009 to 2015 by paying booking amount. The company also entered into agreements with customers. According to this, under the 'Construction Linked Payment Plan', the customer also deposited 95 percent of the cost of the flat with the construction company in phases. The agreement states that the possession of these flats should be given before October 2012.

However, even though the possession date passed, the construction of the buildings remained incomplete. Despite repeated follow-ups by the customers, the company was maneuvering around giving the possession of the flats. So the frustrated customers formed 'Sulochana City Home Buyers Association'. Through this association, a complaint was sought in the National Consumer Commission against the company for providing defective customer service.

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