Thursday, November 14, 2013

What are the lessons that we as buyers can learn from Campa Cola fiasco in Mumbai?

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

Campa Cola is in news and thankfully Supreme Court has stayed the Campa cola society demolition. The next hearing is on November 19, 2013. But what went wrong? The society was built in 1980s and the plan for 9 buildings of 5 floors was sanctioned. However, rules were flouted and only 7 buildings were constructed. 4 of those buildings were of 6 floors, 2 buildings of 20 floors, and 1 building of 17 floors. BMC seeks to demolish these buildings in order to set a precedent that such unauthorized construction will not be tolerated. BMC and the residents are against each other for last decade or so. One can surely ask BMC a question, why the hell did you allow the construction of these apartments in first place? And why didn’t you penalize the builders then and there? We can ask many such questions to BMC, and maybe the local politicians.

However, we will focus our attention on buyers in this post. We need to learn the lesson and learn it quickly. The primary lesson that we as buyers can learn is to be demanding, to be an extrovert property buyer, and asking questions. At the end of the day, you are going to invest your lifelong savings and none of us want to go through the pain that Campa cola residents have gone through. So, what are the things which we should be vary of before investing in a residential project? We have put together a comprehensive list and it surely does make sense to ask these questions from the real estate developer.




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