Nashik builder told to compensate for construction violations
MUMBAI, NASHIK: The district consumer court has asked a builder to pay compensation ranging from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 19 lakh to each of the complainants for violations that came to light after the construction of the building.
The flat buyers had alleged that they were charged as per the plan approved by the civic body but the plan was not followed. They procured the documents from the Nashik Municipal Corporation through RTI and dragged the builder to the court.
Six people approached the consumer court against Mumbai-based Shree Krishna Constructions alleging unfair trade practice and giving false declaration to the NMC.
The court ruled in favour of the complainants. A copy of the order is in possession of Economic India Times.
“The case was about providing less carpet area than promised, not following development control rules, deviation from sanctioned plan, sale of common area, non-formation of apartment association, sale of common area along with ground floor flat despite getting notice from the NMC for enclosure, which was done after getting the completion certificate and giving false declaration to NMC,” said Kailash Mhetre, one of the petitioners.
He said the construction of the building was completed in 2013 and that he had approached the builder Ashok Bodhwani and architect Vijay Sanap for more than a year in vain. So, he began filing RTI pleas to the NMC from January 2014.
“After a span of two years and three months of fighting the case, the court issued orders in our favour. The construction group has been asked to pay Rs 5.05 lakh compensation for less carpet area, along with 12% interest until refund is given and Rs 4 lakh towards parking charges, and deficiencies of Rs 10,000 for mental harassment and Rs 5,000 as cost incurred,” said Mhetre.
Builder Ashok Bodhwani, a partner of Krishna Constructions, refuted all charges and said that they were right in their stand.
“We do not disrespect the court. But we also know that the consumers levelled false allegations. We have only done what is done on a regular basis. We will be going for appeal,” said Bodhwani, adding that the cupboard space issue was prevalent everywhere.