GURUGRAM: In the backdrop of the cave-in of flats on February 10 at Chintels Paradiso that led to the death of two residents, the Gurugram administration has asked all families at another condominium – which was found unfit for living last year just four years after completion – to move out by March 1.
The decision to evacuate Green View, built by public sector developer NBCC, was taken by deputy commissioner Nishant Yadav after a meeting on Wednesday with officials of the town and country planning department, NBCC and around 50 residents of the condominium. Yadav, who is also chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), concluded that all 140 families living in Green View will have to vacate their flats.

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Like Paradiso, Green View is a relatively new project. The condominium in Sector 37D was launched in 2010 and started giving possession of flats in 2017. It has 923 flats, of which 263 apartments have been sold. IIT-Delhi was asked to carry out a survey last year after residents noticed cracks and other construction faults. The IIT team pointed out several structural defects. NBCC subsequently served notices on the flat owners, many of them senior citizens and retired government officials, to move out but the process made no headway because residents were unhappy with the alternatives it was providing.
The residents who participated in Wednesday’s meeting sought strict action against NBCC for poor construction quality, which has precipitated this crisis for them, uprooting them from the homes they had bought to spend the rest of their lives in and thrusting a relocation or house-hunting challenge on them. They asked the Haryana government to do the same as they have done for Chintels Paradiso and get an FIR registered against NBCC and the contractor that built Green View.
The deputy commissioner told the residents they have two options on relocation. One is to move into alternative accommodations that NBCC will provide, with all the costs, including shifting, to be borne by the PSU. For families who don’t want these alternative flats, the rent for an apartment similar in size will be borne by NBCC. Families also have the option of exiting Green View altogether – those who no longer want to live in the condominium in future will get a full refund along with interest within one month, the deputy commissioner said.
The decision on refund will, however, be taken after a four-member expert committee of CBRI (Central Building Research Institute) and IIT Roorkee file their report on another safety audit that has been commissioned. “If the buildings are reparable, and the NBCC, after repairs, offers safety certificates to residents, they can continue to live there,” said Yadav.
Yadav also assured the residents they will continue to retain ownership of the flats even if they are not staying there and the buildings will not be demolished, if such an eventuality arose, without providing compensation to the owners. The deputy commissioner said the NBCC and its contractors are at fault and the structural report prepared by IIT Delhi will be shared with residents.
PK Gupta, managing director of NBCC, said the condition of flats had deteriorated within four to five years, which shouldn’t have happened. “We were surprised to find cracks in the outer parts of the buildings, after which the IIT-Delhi team under Prof Anup Krishnan visited and recommended testing. During testing, it was found that the water in that area has high quality of chloride which is leading to corrosion,” he said.
He said the IIT report had recommended that the towers should be vacated within two months, but the company was unable to decide whether to carry out repairs or demolish the buildings, which is why a second audit was commissioned.
Mohanty, president of the Apartment Owners Association of Green View, said, “The irony is that for the fault of NBCC and the contractor, we are being victimised. The Gurugram district administration should immediately file an FIR against NBCC and the contractor for endangering the lives of people like they have done in the Chintels Paradiso case”.


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