Emaar MGF asked to clear over Rs 16-cr DDA dues

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on March 19, 2012 Published on March 19, 2012

Emaar MGF, the firm which built multi-storey towers in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village, was on Monday directed by the Delhi High Court to pay its over Rs 16 crore dues to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) so that the landowning agency would issue completion certificates to the flats.

The court also asked DDA to issue power of attorney to the builder once its pays the dues so that the possession of the flats could be given to the owners.

Justice Ms Hima Kohli directed the builder to pay Rs 16.19 crore to DDA after the latter's counsel Mr Ajay Verma told the court that it recently issued completion certificates to 26 towers and for remaining four towers (no 13, 17, 31 and 36) it would issue the certificates once its dues are cleared.

On the last date of hearing, the court had directed DDA to expedite the process of issuing completion certificates to the flats, housed in 30 towers at the earliest and keep four towers separately in the village.

Taking a serious view that the agency was discriminating in issuing certificates to the flats and choosing towers arbitrarily for itself, the court had directed the DDA to keep four towers — 5 and 15 (Emaar MGF share) and 26 and 29 (DDA's own share) — out of total 34 towers to allot them to flat buyers in case some flats were demolished due to violation of building bylaws

The court had said the flats in the complex have remained unoccupied since December 2010 after the Games were over and directed that the DDA and the Emaar MGF to carry out joint inspection of each flat, including the basement and then issue completion certificates.

The court was hearing a petition, filed by the CWG flat allottees association, seeking a direction to the DDA to issue completion certificates for more than 400 flats so that the private builder can hand over the possession to them.

According to the association, the DDA is in possession of the entire project comprising 1,168 flats in 34 towers, of which 711 are unencumbered flats and no party has any right on them.

Published on March 19, 2012
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