Unitech fined, asked to refund around Rs 65 lakh for deficient service
NEW DELHI: A Chandigarh consumer court has fined real estate major Unitech Rs 2 lakh and ordered it to refund over Rs 65 lakh, the cost paid for buying a residential plot, with 9% interest per annum to a customer for deficient service, according to a report in The Tribune.
The builder has also been asked to pay Rs 11,000 as litigation cost.
Panchkula residents Ambrish and his wife Sonia Arora bought a residential plot at Unitech‘s housing project in Sector 107, Mohali for around Rs 70 lakh. They initially paid Rs 6 lakh in 2011 as it was said to be a construction-linked project, but was later told by the builder that it was a cash-down project. Following this, they had to pay 95% of the total cost in 2011 itself.
They paid Rs 65,54,482 for the plot and as per agreement, the possession was to be given in 18 months from the date of the payment, added the plaint.
The complainants claim till 2014 there was no development of the site and when asked for the refund, they got no reply from the company.
After hearing both sides, the court according to the report stated that, “…Such a huge amount of complainants remained blocked for long period and they were deprived of that amount and even their hope to have a plot was not fulfilled. For the said deficiency in service and the harassment and mental agony suffered by the complainants, they are entitled to compensation.”