In Bangalore a complaint has been filed by the residents of Ozone Evergreens apartment complex located at Haralur Road near Sarjapur Road with the Adugodi police. The complaint is against the builders – Ozone Shelters Pvt.Ltd- and alleges that the residents were mislead by the company by furnishing a fake no objection certificate (NOC) number of the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and assuring them of Cauvery water supply.
The Ozone Evergreens is a 18 floor apartment with eight blocks. The residents have alleged that in 2011 the builder collected Rs.one lakh from each of the 900 residents amounting to Rs.Nine crores, to get NoC from the BWSSB for getting Cauvery water supply to the apartment blocks. After a resident filed an RTI application to find out the details of NoC issued by BWSSB, it has come to light that the board has not issued any certificate under the number provided by the builder and the builder has not paid a single rupee to the Water Board in this regard.
The area where the Ozone Evergreens apartment complex is located is newly added to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike limits (BBMP). There in no infrastructure in place to provide either water or sanitation facilities. Also, the residents have alleged that the construction was delayed and the builders had refused to pay them compensation for delaying the construction. The officials of the BWSSB have said that they had no information on issuing of NoC to Ozone Evergreens.
Relief from forum: In the meantime, the district consumer forum has directed the Keystone Constructions and Ozone Shelters Private Limited to pay interest at 10 percent per annum on Rs.24.25 Lakhs for delaying the possession for five months considering it as deficiency in service to a buyer of an apartment from the builder. The compensation was ordered for payment to Raman Singh, a resident of Marathahalli, from September 1, 2011 to January 10,2012. The forum also directed the builder to pay Rs.10,000/- to the complainant as costs. The builder despite collecting money had allegedly could not complete the project within the stipulated time and hand over the apartment to the owner.