DELHI: Flat owners in Vasant Kunj and Mukherjee Nagar were amazed as DDA officials took charge and finished work that hadn't moved in six months.
Allottees and residents of the flats developed by Delhi Development Authority in Vasant Kunj and Mukherjee Nagar told TOI on Monday how on Saturday night, hundreds of workers arrived with several trucks and got down to finishing the facades, clearing away rubble and planting trees following the information that lieutenant governnor Najeeb Jung would visit the sites on Monday morning. It was his additional secretary who finally came at 11am to inspect flats in Vasant Vihar while DDA engineers, whom people had struggled to reach, were all standing in attention.
There are five apartment complexes in Vasant Vihar's Sector D6-Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri and Narmada-developed by DDA in its last scheme launched in 2010. All the apartment complexes, apart from Ganga with 485 flats, have been inhabited. These complexes together have 2,709 flats. Senior DDA officials say they inherited a financially and structurally weak project in 2011, 10 years after the project had started, and they completed within two years what couldn't have been achieved in the last 10 years.
"We are working in spite of severe constraints of manpower and resources. Even so, after getting the project, which had been struggling to gain momentum after 10 years, we finished construction at most places by 2013. By now we have given possession letters to 2,175 flats, and in 2,130 cases, the parties have been handed over the flats. Given two more months, we will hand over possession of the remaining flats, and then take up issues of unfinished or shoddy work," said a senior official. He said the authority had the authority had decided to have many bathrooms and toilets without fittings for fear of theft.
TOI had written on January 6 about the dilapidated condition of the Ganga complex flats, for which DDA had recently issued demand letters. Residents alleged that DDA had issued the letters, asking allottees to pay the full amount of flats within three months, without getting fire-safety clearance, completion certificates or even essentials like water and electricity.
Within four days of the report, Jung had expressed his displeasure at DDA's board meeting on Friday.
"We saw hundreds of workers descend here and ceaselessly dig and plant saplings. Trucks and dumpers were coming and going to clear away the construction waste. We heard sewer lines being set up and completing the facade of buildings. They worked non-stop for two days and by Monday morning, labourers were laying chalk along the rugged pathways to welcome the official," said Anil Aggarwal, resident of Yamuna Block at D6.