COIMBATORE: Nearly 400 ex-servicemen and war widows, who paid lakhs of their lifetime savings and pensions to buy apartments constructed by the Army Welfare Housing Organisation, say the sale deed has not been transferred to their names even three years after payment of their last instalment.

Around 25 of them protested at the project office on Thursday by maintaining social distancing. The protesters say the Army Welfare Housing Organisation has also refused to give them break-up of their costs – land price and cost of construction.

According to them, the project was floated in 2007-’08. The Directorate of Town and Country Planning then granted them approval to construct 496 apartments on 33.5 acres, of which five acres was set aside as open space reserve.

Narasimhan, one of the residents, said, “They sold five types of dwelling units – row houses, modern apartments, super deluxe, deluxe and small family apartments – which were priced in the range of Rs 19.67 lakh to Rs 46.55 lakh.”

Another resident, Col Sunny Joseph, said while he had paid the last instalment for his two-bedroom apartment in November 2018, the sale deed was yet to be transferred to his name. “Other residents had completed payment earlier. Their situation is also the same.”

TOI had earlier reported the four-year delay in handing over the project. The residents say they still haven’t been told how much land they would own as part of the housing unit. “They are now trying to sell the vacant land to another constructor to build 400 apartments more. They are trying to split the land into two portions, which is not allowed,” Col Joseph said.



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