Twelve-year-old project still incomplete, say residents
Scores of residents of South City, a gated community located on Bannerghatta Road, protested on Friday against the landowner and developer who they allege had cheated them and taken residents for a ride.
Starting with maintenance, the issues vary from false and rosy promises made at the time of the sale by the developer, Larsen & Toubro, and the landowner, Dinesh Ranka, to larger issues such as not meeting statutory requirements such as rainwater harvesting and solid waste disposal systems.
Using a heavy-handed approach, the “corporate bullying”, as Abraham Kuruvilla, president of the residents' group Sugruha, puts it, they are not privy to any details on the maintenance, including details on why “reinforcing” or digging is in progress at the residential layout.
“They simply refuse to respond to us every time we contact them. So this time we decided to vote with our feet,” said Mr. Kuruvilla, who is leading the protest. The matter is also under litigation.
Residents allege that the Bangalore Development Authority's sanction was acquired in a “devious manner” and that none of the promises — such as a 60-ft road and exclusive use of the park in the complex — came through. Both these were relinquished to the BDA, they allege, to “enhance the market value of the property owner's other landholdings in the vicinity”.
The project has dragged on for about 12 years and is still incomplete, angry residents said.
No apartment association had been formed either and none of the promised amenities had materialised, the protesters said.
They demanded that senior management of Larsen & Toubro come to Bangalore and negotiate directly with stakeholders.
Both the builder and developer were unavailable for comment.