Thursday, February 07, 2019

Delhi: In flight path, 2,000 Vasant Kunj flats are grounded

New Delhi: Owners of nearly 2,000 Delhi Development Authority flats in upmarket D6 block of Vasant Kunj are in a quandary.

For the past few months, they have not been able to sell their flats or even get a rent agreement registered as the sub-registrar’s office has refused to register any property transaction in the area following a Delhi high court ruling.

The court’s order came in July last year on a petition related to aviation safety filed by advocate Yeshwant Shenoy. In an “obstacle survey” carried out by airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd , the mostly eight-storey apartments in the Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati and Narmada complexes were found to be infringing height restrictions on buildings near the airport, posing potential safety risk to aircraft because they are on the flight path.

The HC had barred new constructions near the airport and also put a stop to any property transaction in buildings found to be “obstacles”.

'Why penalise 2,000 flat owners for illegal construction by some'

Residents of Vasant Kunj’s D6 block, where no new property sale or rent lease agreement is being registered, say all 2,000 flat owners are being penalised for illegal construction carried out by a few.

The flats were constructed by the DDA, which also got no-objection certificates for the buildings, they add. The buildings were found to be violating height norms for constructions close to the airport.

“It is the DDA’s fault that the height of the towers have breached the norms. Why should residents of nearly 2,000 flats suffer for no fault of theirs?” asked Vikram Gehlot, chairman, federation of CWG RWAs, Vasant Kunj.

The apartment blocks were built by DDA to accommodate technicians arriving for the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi and were later allotted to applicants under a housing scheme.

“The flats were built according to height norms applicable near the airport and we had got an NOC from AAI. The violations have been caused by indiscriminate illegal constructions,” said a senior DDA official.
07/02/19 Sidhartha Roy/Times of India