Jaipur builders ‘fleecing’ new flat buyers in name of water
JAIPUR: People planning to buy flats in multi-storied buildings in the city would have to pay an extra amount, as the builders would now be charging separately for supplying drinking water.
As per the latest trend, many developers have started charging water fund without actually investing in any eco-friendly water conservation and reuse technology. The residents buying flats in these high-rise apartments in group housing schemes are paying Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 extra and even more as water security fund. As there is no policy, the developers are fixing charges according to their whims and fancies. “Like other housing colonies, the government should define charges for apartments too so that customers know how much money they are paying and whether the amount taken by them is right or wrong,” said Gagandeep Cheena, who bought a flat in a private society in Jagatpura.
The purchasers are already burdened with maintenance fee that includes club house, power back-up, cleanliness, etc. Moreover, they also have to pay for construction of their parking.
For example, if a purchaser buys 1,000 sq feet flat at a rate of Rs 3,000 per square feet, he will have to bear at least Rs 50,000-75,000 for parking and maintenance charge per square feet depending on facilities provided. Now, shelling out another Rs 50,000-60,000 for water fund will not only increase the cost of the flat but also put additional burden on the buyer.
Vandana Gehlot, who plans to purchase a flat on Kalwar Road, said, “The builders continue to supply water from borewell and charge us extra claiming water pipelines will be laid in future. The customers have not been informed about the charges that will be spent on supplying water. We don’t even know when the lines will be laid. But the developers are taking the money now.”
In the absence of a proper government policy to provide water connection to these complexes, it is leading to a grave situation. Majority of these group housing schemes are coming up in the city outskirts area such as Jagatpura, Ajmer Road, Kalwar Road, Sirsi Road, Sikar Road, etc.