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Vasai: Ajit Pillai is a much harried person these days. On the 28th of August while he and his family had gone out, all of a sudden the POP of the ceiling of his bedroom came crashing down. A big block weighing nearly 30 kgs had fell down. If anybody was to come underneath it, it would have resulted in a fatality. Pillai then went to meet Ashok Madangopal Jain, the builder, at his office but the builder’s staff did not respond to his complaint, or come to see as to what had happened. Pillai then went to the Manickpur Police Station and lodged a formal complaint.

According to Pillai, it was in June 2015 that he had booked the flat, ad-measuring 82.02 sq mtrs on the 6th floor of the s Building No. 2, Global Heights, at Anand Nagar, Manickpur, Vasai Road. The builder had promised to hand over the flat in November 2015, but failed to do so. The builder could not obtain the Occupation Certificate due to discrepancies like not constructing boundary wall and changing of the residential flats into commercial ones.

Further, the initial permission by the Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation (VVCMC) was for stilt plus 7 storey building consisting of 28 units but the builder constructed 30 units thereby depriving the flat owners of vehicle parking space. Finally, Pillai took possession of the flat on January  01, 2016.

A conditional Occupational Certificate was procured by the builder only on March 06, 2018 and even till date the builder has not complied with the conditions imposed by the VVCMC. There was no municipal water supply connection in the initial stages and the flat owners had to shell out Rs 2,000 every month for tanker water. Residents of the building approached Mass Engineering company who inspected and audited this new building and certified that the construction and materials used were of sub standard quality.

Now the residents have no other alternative except to approach Maharashtra Real Estate Regulation Authority against the builder and get justice.

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