Developer asked to cough up Rs 42 lakh

Owners of the 84-unit Sumadhura Shangrila Apartments, filed a complaint alleging that they were not provided basic amenities like a jogging park, a club house, a swimming pool, court yards and a play area for children, as promised in the project proposal.

The developer collected

Rs 42 lakh towards BWSSB connection, but failed to deposit the amount with the Board. He didn’t pay the money collected to get the khata allotted in the name of the individual owners, they alleged.

Besides, poor quality of construction amounted to deficiency of service, complained the residents.

The developer contended that the owners took possession of the flats only after they were satisfied with the quality of the construction. Once transferred, it was the duty of the owners to maintain the apartments, the developer said. Besides, the khatas were issued in the owners’ name, the developer said.

The Karnataka State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directed the developer to refund Rs 42 lakh meant for BWSSB connection to the residents at an interest of 10 per cent per year, from the date of execution of the sale deed till realisation.

The developer was directed to pay Rs 25,000 to them towards damages, Rs 10,000 as
litigation cost and to pay property tax to the BBMP for the 84 apartment units, till handing over of the possession to the owners and allot khata to the owners.

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