Staff Reporter

Bangalore: A private construction and real estate development company, which has built a 697-unit luxury residential apartment complex on Sarjapur Road, had violated the plan sanctioned by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) besides not following the norms.

This was revealed by the BDA, which inspected the complex on July 1, following complaints from the residents’ welfare association. In a notice issued to H.S. Bedi of M/s Parkway Developers on July 5, the BDA Executive Engineer (East Division) has pointed out four major violations which were noticed during the inspection of the apartment complex — namely Springfields, a joint venture of IDEB Projects Pvt Ltd and Parkway Developers.

According to the notice, the firm had obtained the commencement and the occupancy certificates only for the wings A,B and C of the building-1, while no such certificates have been obtained for wings D, E and F of building-1 and the building -2 having wings G, H, I and J. The BDA also said that many dwelling units were allowed to be occupied without the occupancy certificates.

While asking the developer to set right the violations, the BDA has directed the private firm to obtain the occupancy certificate by furnishing statutory clearance of departments concerned within seven days from the receipt of the notice.

Direction to vacate

However, what has come as a big blow to the occupants of those flats, for which the developer had not obtained occupancy certificates, is the direction of the BDA to vacate all these flats in the wings D, E. F, G, H, I and J till the occupancy certificate is obtained.

Now the residents, under of the banner of Springfields Welfare Association, who brought the violations to the notice of the BDA are feeling threatened for being vacated from the flats. “Is it a crime to bring the violations to the notice of the authority when it came to out notice,” the residents questioned. Meanwhile, association president Raj Ramchandani said that the residents would continue their legal battle.

However, a senior engineer of the BDA said that the purchasers had the responsibility to get occupancy certificates from the builder before occupying the flats. The engineer, however, pointed that the developer had to pay a penalty of Rs. 25 per sq ft of built up area, for which no commencement certificate was obtained before starting construction work, and secure occupancy certificate after getting the area inspected from the authorities concerned.

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