Chandigarh: Omaxe residents protest against ‘indifference’ of builder

August 28, 2023

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MOHALI: Hundreds of Omaxe residents on Sunday held a massive protest at gate number 5 and 6 of their housing society at New Chandigarh to press against the promoter’s alleged indifference and high-handedness.

Omaxe Resident Welfare Association president Pardeep Gupta said, “We send many memorandums to Omaxe but they never respond, forcing us to take this route. We will escalate our protest if Omaxe is not ready to listen and resolve our problems.”

Gupta said people living nearby harbour a perception that Omaxe “is a dreamland with state-of-the-art facilities, but the reality is otherwise”.

Gupta alleged while the private real estate developer took crores of rupees from them for assured power backup, capacity of gensets was hardly 25 % of the power backup, resulting in sleepless nights in the peak of summer. “Even their distribution lines are either sub-standard or under capacity, causing numerous power failures,” he alleged.

Gupta further alleged the builder enhanced power backup charges from Rs 13.75 to Rs 32 and then reduced them from 32 to Rs 28 without any discussion with Resident Welfare Association. “Omaxe is a franchise of PSPCL for power supply. They supply electricity without passing benefits and subsidy provided to other residents of Punjab. We have filed a case against PSPCL and Omaxe for direct supply of electricity from PSPCL in the Punjab and Haryana high court after we failed to get any justice from the state government and Omaxe,” Gupta said.

He alleged many lifts remained non-functional, the club or community centre was not available to them and there was scarcity of water supply during summer. “Many a time, Omaxe calls tankers to fills water tanks of residents. If this is the situation when 50% of flats are vacant, imagine what will happen when more people start living here,” he said.

“Our properties are registered but no there is no mutation, leading to legal complications in case of death of property holders. There are other issues too like poor security and maintenance of streetlights and park,” alleged Gupta.

  • Published On Aug 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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