The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), has asked Unitech Hi-Tech Developers Ltd to refund the payment of Rs 3.33 crore made by a couple in 2010, towards the purchase of a flat in its housing project in Noida and also directed the firm to pay compensation, in the form of interest at 10% per annum, with effect from 2012.
The commission, while deciding the complaint, rejected the claim of Unitech Group of Companies that the delay in handing over the flats to the buyers, was on account of an agitation by farmers and shortage of labour. According to the complaint, the couple had booked a residential flat in the project, Burgundy, developed by Unitech in Sector 96-98 in Noida and were allotted the apartment on Level 6 in Tower-1 on August 27, 2010, for a total consideration of Rs 3.39 crores, out of which the complainants had already paid Rs 3.33 crores to the firm.
“As regards the alleged shortage of labour, no material has been placed on record, to show that it (Unitech) could not get adequate workforce to complete the construction of the flats, despite efforts having been made in this regard,” the NCDRC said. Regarding the claim of delay due to the farmers’ agitation, the commission said, “There is no evidence of the work at this particular site having been halted by farmers. No affidavit of the contractor engaged by the opposite party for construction of the flats in this project has been filed, to prove that he had to halt the work on account of agitation by farmers.”