DLF to pay 1.25 crore for delaying Panchkula flats in ‘The Valley’

DLF Valley Panchkula

Chandigarh: Large builders like DLF are finally paying the price for delaying construction despite collecting large amounts and making written promises. The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed DLF Homes Panchkula Private Limited to pay Rs 1.25 crore and interest on deposited amount to nine complainants for failing to give possession of flats in its housing project, ‘The Valley’, in Panchkula’s Sector 3 (Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex) on time.

The forum ordered DLF to hand over possession to seven complainants and refund the money deposited to the other two (39 lakh and Rs 70 lakh, respectively). The facts in all the cases were virtually the same and were disposed of together by a common order. The complaints were filed in June and August.

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The complainants booked their flats and entered into an independent floor buyers agreement. As per the agreement, the possession of the flat was to be delivered within 24 months from the date of execution of the agreement. But the company failed to deliver the possession by 2013.

They published an advertisement wherein they again promised to hand over possession in 2014 but failed to do so. The complainants alleged the builder did not have necessary permission and certificates from authorities .

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CIt was stated when the complainants approached the company for possession, they refused to hand over the flats despite lapse of more than five years from the date of entering into agreement.

In their statement, DLF submitted the occupation certificate from the authority was received on May 2 and action to offer possession was in process. It was stated the delay was due to a stay from the Supreme Court, which was vacated on December 12, 2012, after which the work was restarted and 12 months extension was also sought.

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In October, the forum had directed DLF to pay compensation of Rs 50 lakh to 27 complainants in the same project for similar reasons.