Consumer Court Orders Pune Builder To Repay Buyers With Interest
In a move to safeguard buyers’ interest and hard-earned money, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered Pune-based, Marvel Omega Builders to refund Rs 8.14 crore to the buyers, along with 10 per cent annual interest since 2014 and Rs 25,000 as litigation cost within three months. The total amount to be returned by the builder is pegged at Rs 32.56 lakh. The court has ordered the builder to compensate the buyers as the former failed to hand over the completed villa as per the timeline.
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The buyers, who are residents of Aundh had booked a residential villa, three parking sports and an open terrace for the total cost of Rs 8.31 crore. The date of the agreement was March 22, 2013 which was to be handed on by December 31, 2014. Since the developer failed to meet the deadlines, the buyers moved the National Consumer Commission, seeking refund along with the compensation. While the developer opposed the plea on the grounds that the buyers had asked for additional work which has caused the delay, the court rejected the plea on the grounds that the additional work demanded would not have taken more than a few months. Also, the consumer court pointed out that the Pune Municipal Corporation stopped the work on the property due to a possible deviation on the part of the developer and not the buyer. Hence the person responsible for the delay is the builder.
Going tough on builders
Recently, the Maharashtra Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission asked the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums to punish builders if they failed to comply with the orders passed against them for deficiency in services. The commission has clearly directed forums to impose strict punishment, as specified under section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act. According to section 27, if the builder failed to comply with the order passed by the forums or commission, they can be sentenced to imprisonment from one month to three years along with a fine, which can be between Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000 depending upon the case.