jay shah 8th Jul

After booking a two-bedroom apartment of their choice in a project by city builder, Goel Ganga Group, a serving army officer, Major Harshinder Thakur, and his wife Preetika were shocked to know that the price of the apartment had been raised by almost 20%
in six months.
The couple had booked the apartment measuring 915 square feet for Rs2,700 per square foot (PSF) by paying a token amount of Rs1 lakh in June last year in Ganga Sparsh, in Undri. But the developer hiked the PSF to Rs3,200 by January this year.
The couple was left with two choices: accept the new PSF price or take back the booking amount and cancel the booking.
“Accepting either of the two options is unfair to us. We zeroed down the project keeping several aspects in mind, including the reputation of the builder. Six months later, he can’t tell us either to pay more or cancel the booking because we won’t get another apartment for the same price in the same area. If we had known that the apartment would be beyond our budget we would have gone to another builder and not lost out on time,” argued Preetika.
The managing director of the Goel Ganga Group, Atul Goel said, “I can understand the couple’s predicament. But I am helpless as the project got delayed due to certain revision of plans that we had to apply for after the town planning department changed its by-laws. Our sanctioned plans had to be put up for revision, which took almost a year.”
Goel said the group is willing to return the booking amount with interest and have also offered them the apartment at Rs3,000 PSF, even though the present selling price is Rs3,500 PSF. “I don’t want to jeopardise our relationship with our customers,” he added.
The builder’s explanations did not cut ice with the couple, who claimed that they have already incurred a cumulative loss of about Rs50,000 as a result of the delay. “We don’t want to accept this type of behaviour since it is principally not right. We can accept his new quoted price, but we fear it would set a bad precedent and would be unethical,” reiterated Preetika.
According to city based eminent consumer activist, Sudhakar Velankar, the builder is bound by the price he quoted initially. “Under the Contract Act he is bound by the paper work he issued to the buyer wherein a price of Rs2,700 PSF is quoted specifically and for which he took the booking amount,” he said.
According to Velankar, if the builder doubted that the project was not feasible in the price quoted in June 2010, he should have issued a supplementary contract highlighting probable price escalation.
While the stand-off between the parties continues, the Thakurs have written to the Pune chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India on February 1, 2011, seeking their intervention, but are yet to receive any response

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Prachi Sharma 22nd Jun

An alleged attempt to restart construction activities at a contested site by city-based real estate giant, Goel Ganga Developers India Private Limited, was disrupted by the Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) at a recent hearing.
In the latest development, the bench has directed that an assistant director of town planning for Pune be appointed as a ‘court commissioner’, to carry out an investigation at the projects Ganga Bhagyoday, Ganga Bhagyoday Towers and Amrut Ganga, all located at Wadgaon Budruk on Sinhgad Road, to ascertain whether any construction activity is actually going on over there.
The bench of Justices U D Salvi and Dr Ajay Deshpande asked this court commissioner to check on the extent of construction and excavation being carried on at the site, and file a report before the bench at the date of the next hearing. The bench further instructed that the site inspection would have to be carried out in presence of the complainant, developer and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials.
The order was an outcome of a review petition before the NGT filed by complainant Tanaji Gambhire against the developer and PMC. The petition demanded an increase in the cost of compensation determined in an earlier case from Rs 105 crore to Rs 500 crore for damage of the environment. He also appealed that the illegal construction at the site be demolished, and no further construction allowed.
In the earlier case last year, during which time even the Supreme Court had refused to give any major relief to Goel Ganga Developers, the latter had faced an environmental compensation cost of Rs 105 crore from NGT for flouting environment clearance (EC) norms. At the time, as per allegations by petitioner Gambhire, the developer had constructed 18 multi-storeyed buildings with 807 flats, as against an environment department clearance granted on April 4, 2008, that allowed for only 12 buildings with 552 flats in the integrated project.
While the clearance was for a total plot area of 79,100 square metres and total built-up area of 57,658.42 square metres, the actual total built-up area was in excess of one lakh square metres, prompting Gambhire to allege a doctored EC. It was also alleged that the said land where the project is erected, measuring 15,000 square metres, is actually a reserved plot. In the course of that case, the NGT bench also passed strictures against the principal secretary of the department of environment (DoE), who had passed an order on May 31, 2016, giving a clean chit to the housing project.
At the May 24 hearing of the review petition that follows this outcome, Gambhire submitted that the developer has been carrying out construction without obtaining mandatory ECs and doing so on areas been reserved for a cultural centre.
However, the advocate representing the developer submitted that no construction is being carried out at the area in question. “The construction presently going on in the area is by PMC, and the same is for the purpose for which the area was reserved.” Meanwhile, PMC also submitted that the construction of the drama centre is being carried on in the area reserved for that purpose.
Defending Gambhire’s claim, his advocate Shriram Pingale also submitted, “The developer, who is in the habit of violating the law, may not remain true to the commitments made before the bench. So, it is necessary to have the area sealed or have the factual situation as regards construction brought on record through the report of a court commissioner.”
While the developer objected to sealing the project, he showed no objection to bringing the facts on record through a court commissioner.
Speaking to Mirror later, advocate Pingale added, “Despite there being no order from the bench to revoke any stay, the developer started construction at the site without a nod. We are now awaiting the report of the court commissioner, who paid a visit to the site on May 29.”

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Prachi Sharma 2nd May

After booking a two-bedroom apartment of their choice in a project by city builder, Goel Ganga Group, a serving army officer, Major Harshinder Thakur, and his wife Preetika were shocked to know that the price of the apartment had been raised by almost 20% in six months.

The couple had booked the apartment measuring 915 square feet for Rs2,700 per square foot (PSF) by paying a token amount of Rs1 lakh in June last year in Ganga Sparsh, in Undri. But the developer hiked the PSF to Rs3,200 by January this year.

The couple was left with two choices: accept the new PSF price or take back the booking amount and cancel the booking.

“Accepting either of the two options is unfair to us. We zeroed down the project keeping several aspects in mind, including the reputation of the builder. Six months later, he can’t tell us either to pay more or cancel the booking because we won’t get another apartment for the same price in the same area. If we had known that the apartment would be beyond our budget we would have gone to another builder and not lost out on time,” argued Preetika.

The managing director of the Goel Ganga Group, Atul Goel said, “I can understand the couple’s predicament. But I am helpless as the project got delayed due to certain revision of plans that we had to apply for after the town planning department changed its by-laws. Our sanctioned plans had to be put up for revision, which took almost a year.”

Goel said the group is willing to return the booking amount with interest and have also offered them the apartment at Rs3,000 PSF, even though the present selling price is Rs3,500 PSF. “I don’t want to jeopardise our relationship with our customers,” he added.

The builder’s explanations did not cut ice with the couple, who claimed that they have already incurred a cumulative loss of about Rs50,000 as a result of the delay. “We don’t want to accept this type of behaviour since it is principally not right. We can accept his new quoted price, but we fear it would set a bad precedent and would be unethical,” reiterated Preetika.

According to city based eminent consumer activist, Sudhakar Velankar, the builder is bound by the price he quoted initially. “Under the Contract Act he is bound by the paper work he issued to the buyer wherein a price of Rs2,700 PSF is quoted specifically and for which he took the booking amount,” he said.

According to Velankar, if the builder doubted that the project was not feasible in the price quoted in June 2010, he should have issued a supplementary contract highlighting probable price escalation.

While the stand-off between the parties continues, the Thakurs have written to the Pune chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India on February 1, 2011, seeking their intervention, but are yet to receive any response.


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