Gurugram: Flats tweaked for commercial use, buyers of CHD Resortico seek refund

GURGAON: Homebuyers of CHD Resortico, name changed to CHD Y Suites, in Sector 34, Sohna, have been running from pillar to post, seeking refund of their investment. The developer launched pre-bookings for a residential project, including 1BHK and 2BHK flats, in October 2013. However, in May 2015, the project was changed to a commercial one with 1BHK serviced apartments.
Sumit Dwivedi, who gave Rs five lakh as pre-booking amount for a 2BHK flat in October 2013, has not got a refund yet. “I booked a 2BHK flat in CHD Resortico on Sohna road in 2013. However, the allotment agreement shows that the developer gave me two 1BHK flats. That too, these flats are commercial or serviced apartments. The developer said that it couldn’t get a licence for the 2BHK flats. Since then, I have been asking for a refund but all in vain,” he said.
Some of the homebuyers have approached the Delhi state consumer disputes redressal commission with their grievance.
An FIR has been filed against the developer in the Bhondsi police station under provisions of both imprisonment and penalty under Section 7(i) and Section 10 (1) of Haryana Development and Regulations of Urban Areas Act, 1975. “We have complained against the developer to different authorities, including police and department of town and country planning (DTCP), but have got no relief, till now.
An FIR was registered in 2018 against the developer but relevant IPC sections of 420 (cheating),406 (criminal breach of trust), 384 (blackmail and extortion), and 120B (criminal conspiracy) were not mentioned there. Police deliberately did this so that the developer could escape. I have filed complaints on the CM’s window, seeking the inclusion of relevant sections in the FIR,” said Rajesh Wadhwa, a complainant and homebuyer.
“We booked a residential apartment in 2013 to have a roof over our heads, which turned out to be a commercial apartment in 2015. Initially, the developer took Rs 2.5 lakh from me and then Rs 3.3 lakh in 2015. Why should I live in a commercial property and pay hefty electricity bills and huge taxes? Despite several complaints, there has been no action against the developer,” said Inder Raj, a senior citizen and homebuyer.
Homebuyers are now demanding cancellation of licence and strict action against the developer . “We want the developer to be booked and our refund, along with interest and compensation, to be handed over,” said Akash Tiwari, another buyer.
Despite repeated attempts, the developer denied to give any comment on the matter.


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