Maintenance On Radar, Lagoon RWA Seeks Polls – Times of India – 06-Jan-2015
January 7, 2015 - Uncategorized
The Lagoon Residential Apartments Complex Association (LRACA) at Ambience is likely to hold fresh elections this month to elect a governing body in its bid to take charge of maintenance of the complex.
Ambience’s developer had written a letter on November 11 last year, inviting all 345 members of the society to join LRACA, for the society’s maintenance to be transferred to residents by January 1. “Residents would have officially got charge of maintenance on January 1, but another RWA — ALARWA (Ambience Lagoon Apartments Residents Welfare Association) — forcibly took over on November 22,” said a member of both RWAs, requesting anonymity.
Currently, there are two RWAs in the complex — LRACA and ALARWA. Though both are registered, the developer included LRACA as the governing body in the society’s deed of declaration (DoD). Some residents claimed LRACA comprises members who are aides of the developer. They said they floated ALARWA separately to ensure greater autonomy in the running of the complex.
“The developer should have filed the DoD in 2002, when the first flat was sold. LRACA became active only in 2009, after being defunct for seven years,” said Colonel (retd) S C Talwar, an ALARWA member. “According to the law, the RWA should be formed by residents, not surreptitiously by the developer with his kin who own apartments in the complex. While floating LRACA, the developer didn’t even intimate residents, raising questions about its legality,” he added.
The unnamed resident who is a member of both RWAs, however, claimed there are over 50 residents who are by now members of both, and who want the dispute resolved peacefully.
LRACA president P C Gulati recently wrote a letter to the district registrar (firms and society), requesting an administrator to ensure fair elections for LRACA office bearers in January. “You are requested to pass necessary order for holding of election of the management committee and collegiums at the earliest, so they can start working in January 2015,” reads the letter.
The last RWA election in January 2014 was embroiled in controversy. “There were just 11 people in the RWA then. With over 60 residents in LRACA now, it will represent a sizeable number of residents,” said an LRACA member. He added that all 163 residents whose deed of apartments are registered will be invited to vote.