Visakhapatnam: With Vuda’s decision to revive its prestigious housing project Harita, which had been stalled for four years, the Vuda Harita Allottees Association and the Vuda Harita Victims Forum have demanded that the government constitute a five-member committee with civil engineering background from among the allottees to review the monthly progress.
The Forum members on Friday held a meeting and said that the five-member committee will monitor the quality of construction on a periodical basis at the Vuda’s technical and engineering meetings of the project.
“This would help reduce the anguish of the 710 allottees regarding the quality of construction as well as the strength of the structures as half-complete structures were exposed to the vagaries of the weather for nearly three years and are fully rusted,” said Prof. Ghan Bhuktha of the association.
He added that from the beginning, the Vuda Harita victims have been demanding that work start immediately, maintain the quality at every stage of construction and that no extra burden due to the delay of the project to be passed on to the victims for no fault of theirs.
“Now that the construction has been initiated and quality in construction is being assured, the Vuda Harita Victims Forum appeals to Vuda and the government to make an unequivocal statement that there would not be any more unpleasant surprises for the victims in future and that Vuda would stick to the originally agreed price. Having paid nearly Rs 120 crore with 14 per cent penal interest on delayed payments, the 710 victims have been thrown into deep financial crisis by Vuda’s four-year delay in construction and handing over of the project. The victims cannot suffer any more trauma,” said Prof. V. Bala Mohan Das.
The victims had borrowed huge amounts from banks and NBFCs and finance lending agencies to pursue the Vuda Harita dream project promoted by Vuda as Singapore Class Township for delivery in November 2011.