Property 07/11/2023 0 Comments

Chintels Paradiso case: Residents want solution on lines of Signature View Apartment case, demand reconstruction of flats


Chintels Paradiso case: Residents want solution on lines of Signature View Apartment case and demand reconstruction of flats

In the Chintels Paradiso case Delhi Housing Society case, the builder was ordered to rebuild the flats and compensate evicted residents for rent.

Residents in neighboring towers in the housing complex in Gurugram’s Sector 109 are still facing an uncertain future 1.5 years after an upper floor of Tower D in Chainels Paradiso collapsed into the flats below, killing two.

The complex’s occupants have called for a resolution similar to what was achieved in the Delhi Development Authority case of the Signature View Apartment, where the lieutenant governor ordered the building’s reconstruction and paid the rent due to residents who had to find alternate housing in the interim.

In addition, a large number of the society’s members petitioned Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to have their apartments rebuilt. They also held a protest in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar last week.

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The issue

On February 10, 2022, a section of Tower D of the Chintels Paradiso housing society fell, leaving a man injured and two women dead. Since then, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi panel has deemed five of the society’s nine towers to be “unsafe to live in.” The district administration has issued orders for the residents of towers D, E, F, G, and H to leave these structures. There are still some people residing in towers G and H, despite the fact that the majority have relocated into rental properties.

With the exception of the equivalent monthly payments towards their home loans, the majority of the tenants who moved out are paying the rent out of their own wallets. The developer presented two options in April 2023: a buyback or rebuilding of the apartments. But by July 2023, the builder had pulled out of the option to rebuild the apartments.

Residents’ woes

Now living on rent, Gambhir suggested that the Gurugram district administration take a similar tack to the one used in the Signature View Apartment case and have the apartments rebuilt. He claimed that because there isn’t another offer available, the occupants of the housing complex are being pressured to accept the buyback offer.

Following the incident involving the collapse of the tower, the builder promised to reconstruct our apartments if the building’s structural safety audit was negative. However, the developer is unwilling to rebuild our residences even though the audit has now determined that five of the society’s towers are unsafe. The offer to rebuild our apartments had been retracted by the builder. We now have no choice but to accept the buyback offer, which is likewise less than market value. We want our homes to be rebuilt, and rent should be paid to us while our apartments are being rebuilt, similar to the Signature View Apartment case, Gambhir stated.

IIT Delhi deemed the Signature View Apartment complex in Mukherjee Nagar, North Delhi, hazardous in 2021–2022. Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena issued an order in January 2023 mandating the reconstruction of apartments at the same location as well as payment to impacted homeowners while work was being done.

Another Chintels society resident, who wished to remain anonymous, stated that while many other residents want their apartments rebuilt, that option is currently off the table, meaning that rent and EMIs must be paid by the residents themselves.

Why are there various responses when the structural safety issues in Signature View Apartment Society and Chintels Paradiso are similar? He stated, “The Gurugram government ought to request that the developer provide us the choice to reconstruct our apartments and get rent in the interim.

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A Chintels India representative responded to the events by saying, “We are having discussions with RWA and the administration on this matter and are open to discussing.”

There was no immediate response available from the district administration on the issue.