Staff Reporter

Relief to GPA holders described as one of "no relevance''

  • Delhi Residents' Front will continue to fight till the DAO Act is implemented
  • Minister has already been approached for directions to be issued to the CGHS management

    NEW DELHI: At a time when the Delhi Government is patting itself on the back for providing relief to holders of the general power of attorney under the Delhi Cooperative Societies Act, the Delhi Residents' Front which had been spearheading the agitation for provision of full ownership rights to GPA owners has described the move as one of "no relevance''.

    The Front has stated that it will continue to fight till the more powerful and democratic regime under the Delhi Apartment Ownership Act, 1986, with the Vice-Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority as the Competent Authority is implemented in every residential and commercial housing complex across Delhi, including complexes promoted by cooperative group housing societies on DDA land.

    In a statement, the president of the front, Sanjeev Kumar, said the DAO Act notified on December 1, 1987, provides for constitution of an "Apartment Owners' Association" wherein all transferees of the apartments become members on payment of a fee of Rs.100. Also every apartment owner has rights at par with others without any reference to status as allottee or transferee, and once the apartment owner acquires full ownership title there remains no need to get the flat freehold.

    The DDA has already recognised the utility of this Act by approving and entrusting the rights of maintenance of the common portions and common services for DDA housing pockets to the Apartment Owners' Associations in their latest housing scheme under which applications have been invited for allotment of 3,500 ready for occupation flats.

    "Moreover," Mr. Kumar said, "Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken has already been approached for directions to be issued to the CGHS management to hand over charge to the Apartment Owners' Associations wherever they are formed. Mr. Maken has been kind enough to recognise the problems of GPAs in the housing complexes promoted by the CGHS and has assured the DRF that the Parliament Act - that is, the DAO Act, 1986 -- will be strictly enforced in letter and in spirit in all residential and commercial multi-storied complexes shortly."

    Stating that the Front is eagerly awaiting the day when residents of multi-story housing complexes especially in CGHS complexes would get equal democratic rights, ownership rights and above all the right to contribute and participate in the development of housing complexes, Mr. Kumar said the future role of CGHS would be confined till allotment of flats is completed as from thereon the AOA formed under the DAO Act, 1986, would take on the role of maintenance and management of the housing complexes.

    As such the front has termed irrelevant the latest move of the Delhi Government and called for more powers for all apartment owners under the DAO Act, 1986.