Families in four Chintels Paradiso towers refuse to vacate flats before structural audit

Ryan M. Cason

 File Photo File PhotoGURUGRAM: Residents of four towers in Sector 109’s Chintels Paradiso, where two women died in the vertical collapse of the living rooms of five apartments in another tower, have refused to vacate their flats and rejected the revised rental proposal approved by deputy commissioner (DC) Nishant Yadav.

The cave-in led to a series of protests by flat owners, who alleged they had pointed out several structural defects at the condominium for months and at different platforms, but to no avail. The district administration had recently directed the developer to shift 100 flat owners of towers E, F, G and H to alternative accommodations after the residents complained of poor construction quality. Yadav had also fixed the rentals to be provided by the developer to the displaced families for a period of 11 months.

Dissatisfied with the rental proposal, the residents said they would vacate the flats only if IIT-Delhi declares that the towers are unsafe. In a meeting on Wednesday evening, residents said they were not willing to vacate flats as per the DC’s proposal before IIT-Delhi submits its structural audit report. They also said only those with construction-related issues in their flats should be asked to vacate.

In case of buyback or refund by Chintels, they demanded that flat owners be compensated according to the present market rates. Rakesh Hooda, the president of Chintels Paradiso RWA, said residents have decided not to vacate their flats unless the department of town and country planning (DTCP) revokes the occupancy certificate granted to these four towers or IIT-Delhi declares it unsafe.

“Moreover, the administration has not taken care of the interests of owners who are paying home loan EMIs by renting out their flats. We oppose the decision and will submit our objections to DTCP on Friday,” he added.

District town planner (enforcement) RS Batth said the developer has been directed to pay rentals to the displaced families as per the revised plan. “We are trying to resolve their issues at the earliest,” he said.

When contacted, a Chintels India spokesperson said: “The safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us. When the IIT-Delhi structural audit is completed, it will be determined if the project is structurally safe. We will pay the rentals if the residents are relocated. We don’t want any risk to them in case the structure is not safe.”


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