How "Grahak Panchayat" Helps Pune Property Buyers to Fight for Their Consumer Rights:
Nowadays, Pune property buyers refuse to be victims of builders. They are fighting against the builders for their consumer rights.
Pune property buyers are fighting for the completion certificate.
For the formation of Co-Operative Housing Society.
For the conveyance deed.
For drinking water.
For incomplete construction.
For not providing promised amenities.
For the water leakage & seepage.
For the defective tiles.
For the inferior construction quality.
Pune property buyers have started demanding compensation for delayed possession.
They are demanding accounts & refund of money collected by the builder
as MSEB charges, open parking, society formation charges etc.
Last year, in 2012, Maharashtra Value Added Tax on the properties bought between June 20, 2006, and March 31, 2010 created awareness among Pune property buyers. The VAT issue united Pune property buyers for the first time. Under the leadership of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat Pune City, Grahak Hitvardhini, and Sajag Nagrik Manch united Pune property buyers started their fight against the builders.
This 'fight' against VAT, inspired Pune property buyers who had purchased flats after April 2010. These property buyers have started visiting office of Grahak Panchayat on Monday evenings between 6 pm to 7.30 pm. Mr.Vijay Sagar, Ms. Seema Bhakare, Ms. Veena Dixit and other members of the "Builder Related Problems Cell" of Grahak Panchayat guide these property buyers to solve their issues.
"Fact of the matter is - It's not that difficult to fight against the builder! These proactive property buyers realize in the first meeting," said Ms. Seema Bhakare.
"We are not aware about our consumer rights and don't know how to fight for them - is the main problem," said Mr.Vijay Sagar.
"You wont believe, 90 per cent complaints are solved without going to consumer court! Just by writing a letter to the builder!! At Grahak Panchayat we guide these property buyers to complain in a proper way and to take the appropriate steps to resolve the issue, " said Ms. Seema Bhakare.
"No professional builder can afford to refuse the demand of united property buyers who know their rights and are ready to take proper steps," said Mr. Vijay Sagar.
Of course, Monday evening is enough for the guidance, but to create awareness among all, these assertive property buyers invite Ms. Seema Bhakare, Mr. Vijay Sagar, Ms. Veena Dixit, Mr. Shrikant Joshi and other members of the "Builder Related Problems Cell" to their society. Preferably on weekends, all the members of the society gather together in a club house, parking or in a open space to discuss their issues.
At the end of meeting, angry property buyers become assertive. Frustrated property buyers become proactive. Victims of the builder become fighters. Helpless property buyers realize their power. They are no more frightened of their builder.
Last weekend, I attended one such society meeting and video recorded it. Quality of the video is not satisfactory. Discussion is in Marathi. But still, for sure, the video will inspire you to invite "Builder Related Problems Cell" of Grahak Panchayat to your society.
If those who are less privileged can fight for their rights, then why not we - educated, mostly upper caste Hindus, middle income, middle class property buyers! You will tell yourselves and contact Grahak Panchayat Pune at the following address:
Grahak Panchayat Pune Office,
Builder Related Problems Cell,
Above Grahak Peth, Opposite S. P. College, Tilak Road,
2020, Sadashiv Peth, Pune - 411030
Every Monday, 6 pm - 7.30 pm
1) Mr. Vijay Sagar, Adviser,94 22 50 23 15 / email@example.com
2) Ms. Seema Bhakare, Adviser, 98603 68123 / firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Ms. Veena Dixit, Adviser, 98196 60991 / email@example.com
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