Nagpal Group's Meadows Habitat - The Typical Pune Real Estate Tragedy:
|Aniket, Shailendra, Girish, Niranjan - Residents of Nagpal Group's Meadows Habitat, 86 units of 2 BHK Flats, on Baner Pashan Link Road, Pune|
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Niranjan booked a 2 BHK Flat for Rs. 59 Lakhs in Nagpal Group's Meadows Habitat for three reasons.
1) Location - on Baner Pashan Link Road. A premium location in Pune real estate market. Lot better than the location of his first flat - Bavdhan.
2) Risk Factor - the building was 'almost ready for possession'. Lot less risky than booking at the launch or pre-launch stage, experienced property buyer, Niranjan told himself.
3) "On one side you have Lonavala and on the other Pune City!," says Niranjan about the location. Because, Baner Pashan Biodiversity Park is to the west & Baner - Pashan, the premium neighbourhoods in Pune, are to the east of Nagpal Group's Meadows Habitat.
Niranjan not only purchased a flat for himself but convinced his younger brothers too. All of them, who are in USA, together, booked 3 flats in Meadows Habitat.
However, when the builder, Nagpal Group, charged exorbitant penalty for not signing the agreement after certain days from the booking, Niranjan realized that it's not safe to deal with this builder and cancelled his younger brother's flat.
Today, his younger brother is happy at the cancellation of his flat and feels very sad for his 2 brothers - Niranjan and his elder brother who have flats in Nagpal Group's Meadows Habitat on Baner Pashan Link Road, Pune.
Ganesh Tikhe sold his first 1 BHK Flat at Pashan and purchased a 2 BHK Flat in Meadows Habitat on Pashan Baner Link Road. A government servant, Ganesh felt that he was upgrading his lifestyle by living in the neighborhood of IT Guys working in Hinjewadi. Plus, Nagpal Group promised to give possession in 18 to 21 months.
However, when Nagpal Group went on postponing the possession, Ganesh took the possession of his flat at the beginning of 2012 and shifted to Meadows Habitat.
For the couple of months, Ganesh was the only resident in Meadows Habitat. There was no lift. Mrs. & Mr. Ganesh & their 2 children had to climb the staircase to reach their flat on the 7th floor. There was no municipal water connection. There was no individual electricity meter. There were no streetlights on the approach road and in the project. There was no security. In case of danger, Ganesh had told his friends in Pashan, "If I call you after sunset - even at midnight - instead of taking my call, rush to Meadows Habitat"
Aniket, IT professional working in Hinjewadi, didn't mind paying 58 Lakhs for a 2 BHK Flat in Meadows Habitat. Yes, because of the location - Baner Pashan Link Road. Plus, Nagpal Group promised possession in a few months. So, Aniket sold his 1 BHK Flat in Bibwewadi and rented a flat for the meantime.
After the expected delay of 6 - 7 months, Nagapal Group sent him a letter informing that Meadows Habitat is complete & his flat is ready for possession. If he doesn't pay the dues and fails to take possession in the next 7 days, the letter said, he will be charged interest.
Aniket visited Meadows Habitat. He saw that his flat was ready. But the building was not.
You start living, we will finish the incomplete work in the next couple of months, Nagpal Group, the builder told him.
To avoid paying penalty, Aniket took the possession.
Now, Ganesh & Aniket got company. In the next few months of 2012, more than 30 flat owners took possession of their flats. Thanking the builder for the lift. Hoping that the builder would complete the building soon. Compromising about no municipal water connection. Ignoring garbage and debris laying around in the project.
Anant is one of those 35 flat owners who took possession and shifted to Meadows Habitat. Believing in Nagpal Group's promise to complete the works soon.
Just a couple weeks after living in his new flat, Ananat found out about water seepage and leakage in his flat. Not only the wall of the toilet, the wall of his bedroom, but, even the other wall - the common wall between the bedroom & living room became damp!
No. Not because of the rains. Anant was told that because of the alterations he has done in his flat. Because, of the inlet or outlet of washing machine.
"I haven't done this - you have provided these for washing!," Anant said.
Refusing to take the responsibility of the fault, Nagpal Group asked for 15,000 rupees for the repairs!
So, Anant talked to other residents about the seepage & leakage in his flat. Everybody said that there is leakage & seepage in their flats too!
It means that there must be something wrong about the plumbing of the entire Meadows Habitat.
Is this water leakage & seepage going to damage the RCC Structure of the building? All are worried.
All residents of Meadows Habitat joined hands. All of them jointly started following up the progress of completion of the project. Writing emails. Inviting builder, Nagpal Group, for the meeting. Arguing. Convincing. Explaining. Even begging. But, there was not much progress. What did they get? Only empty promises from the builder.
The other day, the sewage started overflowing all over the place.
All residents realized that they were not only living in an incomplete project - full of garbage & debris but, also in very unhygienic conditions.
When they contacted the Ward Office of Pune Municipal Corporation, the officer asked them, "How come you all are living in Meadows Habitat? It hasn't yet received completion certificate - occupation certificate!"
All residents of Meadows Habitat realized that the builder hasn't only forced them to take possession of incomplete project but has endangered their life by forcing them to live in a project which is not at all safe to live.
But they have decided to fight. Fight against the poor quality of construction. Fight against the poor workmanship. Fight against the incomplete amenities. Fight against not providing municipal water connection. Fight against builder's plan to sell common open space - the landscaped garden - along with the flats on the first floor.
This weekend all residents invited the media to Meadows Habitat. Including me. They told me about their tragedy. They showed me each and every corner of the project. There isn't anything new about their tragedy. Most of the property buyers in Pune real estate market suffer this way. But only a few have a courage to fight. Like the residents of Meadows Habitat on Baner Pashan Link Road, Pune.
For me, the residents of Meadows Habitat are heros. And I am with them. What about you?
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