A month on, two panels, two FIRs but no answers for Chintels Paradiso residents

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 File photo File photoGURUGRAM: After two women died in the vertical collapse of living rooms of five flats at Tower D of Chintels Paradiso on February 10, the Haryana government has constituted two committees, one under the Gurgaon additional deputy commissioner and another comprising IIT-Delhi experts, to probe the reason for the collapse and come up with recommendations to prevent such tragedies in future.

Two FIRs have also been filed, one based on a complaint by the husband of Ekta Bhardwaj, who was killed in the cave-in, and another by the department of town and country planning (DTCP). All families in Tower D have lost their homes and are living in temporary accommodations, waiting in anger and agony for an answer about the fate of their homes.

One question that the residents have repeatedly asked is why no action has been taken so far against any officials who checked the buildings and issued occupation certificates to the project or the developer.

“We haven’t been informed about the team conducting the structural audit. It’s been nearly a month, but no action has been taken against the developer so far,” said Varun Dhamija, a resident of Tower C. Vikram Gambhir, a Tower D resident, added: “The builder should be strictly punished so that they don’t construct buildings of such inferior quality.”

“There is a need to build confidence among residents by carrying out the probe in a completely transparent manner,” said Rakesh Hooda, president of Chintels Paradiso RWA.

While the developer, on the directions of the authorities, shifted the Tower D families to other flats within Paradiso, residents of other highrises in the vicinity expressed fears of another such incident. District town planner (enforcement) RS Batth said the affected families were shifted within 10 days of the incident. “We have served notices to the developer, contractors and other people concerned to appear before DTCP on March 14,” he said.

A Chintels India spokesperson said the company is extending all possible support to residents. “Immediately after the unfortunate incident, we made alternate arrangements for Tower D residents. Residents of towers D, E, F, G and H will be given 11 months’ rent,” he said.

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