The Emperor and The Pauper:
|The Case of Suyog Lucky Homes at Wagholi, Pune|
Recently, a few of my readers invited me to visit Suyog Lucky Homes at Wagholi. Assuming that they might want to honor me for writing good words about Suyog Group, I accepted the invitation.
After all, at the launch of Suyog Lucky Homes, in 2009, Suyog Group was one of the few builders in Pune real estate market who tried to enlighten the flat buyers about loading, saleable area & carpet area. And proudly announced that Suyog gives more carpet area than any other builder in Wagholi!
"Thanks for the invitation! Bharatbhai Shah of Suyog Development Corporation is my favorite builder!!," was my opening statement.
"That's why we have invited you to Suyog Lucky Homes!!," one flat buyer said.
"Wonderful!," I said.
"Yes! We want to show you what a wonderful builder Suyog is," said the other flat buyer.
"I am curious! You know? Bharatbhai is a self made man. Today, he is the king of a big business conglomerate, but once upon a time, he would give home delivery of cooking oil ka dibba on his shoulders!," I said.
"Yes! We know all this!," one flat buyer said.
"King! For us Bharatbhai is an 'emperor'!!," the other flat buyer said.
"And we are paupers!," one flat buyer said.
"Come on! You are not paupers! You were never poor. At the time of a launch, you must have paid 13 - 14 lakhs for a 1 BHK Flat in Suyog Lucky Homes - the same price IT professionals in Hinjewadi paid for Golden Palms & Sollanaa at Wakad! In 2009, starting price of a bungalow plot in Aditya Nisarg Pirangut was 11 lakhs!!," trying to show off my knowledge, I said.
"Yes! We weren't. But now, we are. The emperor has made us paupers!!," said the other flat buyer.
"Our income may be less but not our IQ. We may not be Jains but we are human beings," one flat buyer said.
"Sorry. I didn't get you," I said.
"Soon you will! First let us have a look at our Suyog Lucky Homes," someone said.
Extremely Wicked and Shockingly Evil:
|The Case of Suyog Lucky Homes at Wagholi, Pune|
Best thing about Suyog Lucky Homes is I got possession of my flat. And worst thing is also the same. I got a flat. Only flat. Without proper basic operational infrastructure.
Means, I am alive. But my heart, lungs, liver, kidney, eyes, ears, and even my brain is not functioning properly.
Besides suffering with multiple organ dysfunction, keep in mind that, I am physically handicapped too.
Imagine what kind of life I am living.
Now, I have realized that these guys have not invited me to honor, but to share their story. Dark tragic story of Suyog Lucky Homes. So, I went on listening seriously.
Look at this steel stair case. After constructing the building, the builder realized that he forgot to construct the second staircase - fire staircase. So, he welded this steel staircase to the RCC structure of the building. So, now, my one leg is made of iron. For the rest of my life, I will be treated as a deformed person like Johnny Eck & Lakshmi Tatma.
Of course, only I know that I exist in this world. Not Wagholi Gram Panchayat. Because the builder has not registered Suyog Lucky Homes in the records of Gram Panchayat.
Though we live here for 2 - 3 years, we do not pay Ghar Patti - property tax - to Gram Panchayat.
Because of that, though Suyog Lucky Homes is in Gaothan, we do not have a road, no street lights, no water connection, no drainage line & Gram Panchayat doesn't collect our Garbage.
For Wagholi Gram Panchayat Suyog Lucky Homes does not exist in Wagholi Gaon.
Not only that! Even for Suyog Development Corporation - Suyog Lucky Homes does not exist in this world anymore. That's why Bharatbhai & Kalpeshbhai do not reply to our emails. Do not take our phone calls.
In September 2014, Suyog Development Corporation disowned us. Divorced us. Abandoned us.
Unke Liye Hum Mar Gaye!
Aamchya Navane Tyani Shraddh Kele!
Why? What exactly happened? I asked.
In September 2014, Suyog Development Corporation sent an email and announced that they are not going to maintain Suyog Lucky Homes from here after.
But, you have collected one time maintenance - lifetime maintenance - from us! Handover that corpus fund to us. Some of us demanded.
What about our 2 years advance maintenance charges you have collected from us - just 6 months ago - when we took possession of our flats? Some of us asked.
How stupid all of you are! All funds are over! Not only that!! You know? We have spent some 40 lakhs from our own pocket to maintain you filthy creatures!! - was the unofficial response from the builder.
But who will maintain? The Co-operative Society is not formed. Isn't it a duty of the builder to form the society? We asked.
Has Suyog Lucky Homes received Completion & Occupancy Certificate? We started asking.
Mine was funiture possession! I don't know what happened in the last 2 years! Someone said.
Some of the floors or a few flats in my building may be illegal. That's why the builder may not have sold these flats. I am not sure. Some one said.
Does everyone have MSEDCL meter?
Nearly 2 years after the flat possession - I got my meter.
The builder didn't supply you free electricity from his construction meter. He deducted electrical charges at the commercial rate from our maintenance fund.
Let us take charge of our own destiny. Let us contribute and start maintaining our society on our own. All Suyog Lucky Homes Buyers decided.
Why should I contribute? I have already paid to the builder. 1 year's maintenance is balance with him. Collect my contribution from him. I will not pay. Someone argued.
Only one year's? I have given life time maintenance!! Be reasonable. Accept that someone picked your pocket - stole your briefcase - broke in your house. Burglary & fraud happens - but we move on. Right? Arguments went on.
Let us take stock of infrastructure. Someone suggested.
Fire fighting system. No one knew whether it was ever in working condition.
Wagholi has no fire engine. So not operational fire fighting system means our life is in danger.
Lifts. Frequent break downs. No AMC. Frequent power cuts. No generator back up.
We have a generator.
But it's broken. No AMC.
No money for diesel.
Better climb the stairs.
Till we have enough money to repair the generator & buy diesel. Top priority.
Repairing lift is a top priority. Not the Genset. What is the use of genset if the lifts are broken? Commonsense.
Genset is also for pumps on the borewells. One can live without a lift but not without water. Right?
Can we afford to buy water tankers? Builder claimed that more than 70% money went for tanker waters.
But the builder hasn't given accounts of our maintenance money. Wasn't he supposed to act as a custodian of our maintenance fund?
How can he spend it as if it was his Baap Ka Maal?
Let us prove that the builder embezzled our money by maintaining project in minimum contribution. We took the challenge & continue to take stock of infrastructure.
Sewage treatment plant was the big issue. It was processing not only sewage but all types of water - water from kitchen sink, water from the bathroom, even water from terraces. Result is motor was consuming huge power and monthly electricity bill was high.
Changing plumbing was out of question. How to reduce the electricity bill?
Eat less, shit less - drink less, piss less - bath less - run motor less - consume power less - electrical bill will be automatically less!
Good idea! Eat less, shit less - drink less, piss less - bath less - electrical bill will be automatically less!! Tharav pass!!!
Why not completely stop eating, pissing & bathing?
Sure, someday, we may have to do that too. Be ready.
What are we going to do about RO plant? It's not working. In fact, RO plant should be the top priority. Treatment for kidney stone is very expensive.
Our vermiculture pits are not in use. We have to stop paying garbage collectors & process it inhouse.
Electrical cables & panels are out in open in children's play area & garden. It's dangerous for our children.
Where is rain water harvesting system? Without rainwater harvesting how long can we use borewells in Wagholi?
And clubhouse - I feel ashamed to call it a clubhouse. It's nothing but a room with a tin roof....
How can we take charge of this dysfunctional inadequate infrastructure?
Why didn't we pay attention to all these issues before taking possession?
We all are responsible for this tragedy.
No. We have been cheated.
It's impossible to repair or run these things. We are doomed.
Don't say it loudly. Our neighbors are waiting to encroach on our premises.
We went to Loni Kand police chowky to file FIR against the builder. But the police sent us back.
This experience told us that we have only two options. Either we can live as victims of the builder or we can overcome the hurdles like heros.
We chose to become heros.
We are managing Suyog Lucky Homes quite well. We are saving water & power money. We have repaired the lifts & genset.
Now, we want to form the society and get the conveyance done.
Who knows? Someday, we may redevelop Suyog Lucky Homes!
Now, we are free from extremely wicked and shockingly evil rule. United we can achieve anything.
Congratulations! You are inspiring!! Thanks for teaching me how to deal with an incompetent & inhuman builder. I said & took their leave.
No. Bharatbhai of Suyog Development Corporation is no more my favorite builder in Pune real estate market.
Now I warn everyone - most of the builders in Pune are incompetent & inhuman - book a flat at the under construction stage of the project only if you have the guts to deal with them.
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