A bench of Justices K.M. Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy issued notice to Chintels India Private Ltd and scheduled the matter for further hearing on January 6 next year. It sought reply from the developer on the plea of residents seeking fair compensation for owners of apartments in the building that is to be demolished and of those who have been asked to evacuate other towers.
During the hearing, the bench noted that in the advertisement it says it is a lush green and beautiful apartment, but it’s beautiful only in the picture, not in reality. Issuing notice in the matter, it said: “How come a structure which was built so recently came down collapsing like this? It is a very serious issue.”
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing the residents of Chintels Paradiso society in Sector 109 of Gurugram, contended the audit of the structures reveals that the building is unsafe and the builder should pay the rent since the residents have been asked to vacate all the towers. The builder’s counsel contended that an inspection by IIT is going on and the expenses are being borne by it.
After a portion of a sixth-floor apartment in tower D collapsed, a probe was ordered and a team of experts from IIT Delhi was asked to conduct a structural audit. After the structural audit, the authorities recommended the demolition of the tower in question and the evacuation of neighbouring towers.