Seventy one flat owners, residing in two buildings at Shiv Bhaktani Manor complex in Powai, on Sunday approached the Powai police andlodged a complaint against the builder stating that he reneged on his promise of providing them with a club house and a swimming pool.
According to the police, in 2001, the flat owners had signed an agreement with builder Laxman Bhaktani of Jaycee Homes, the firm which constructed Shiv Bhaktani Manor. They had paid Rs 25,000 each for these amenities. The flat owners claimed that the builder had promised to provide these facilities by 2003. They have also complained that the builder erected a 12-ft high wall blocking one of the exits to the main road.
Bhaktani was in Pune but his son Dipesh, who runs Jaycee Homes, told TOI on Wednesday that the club house and swimming pool were ready. "As far I know, the delay is because the electricity meter was to be installed. I am aware about the matter and the flat owners were duly informed. I don’t know the reason why they lodged the complaint.”
R K Kapoor, chairman of the housing society, said, "Bhaktani has been making excuses for the last six years and delaying the work on health club and swimming pool. Finally, the builder agreed that the work will be completed in 2009 and the facilities will be handed over to the society on April 13, 2009. We informed the police when he failed to keep his word.”
According to Kapoor, in the presence of police, Bhaktani had promised to have the facilities ready by May 15.
"We will take prompt action on the complaint. Bhaktani has been booked for cheating,” said senior inspector Rajdoot Rupwate.