How indigo’s tear-away apartments are killing its developers
A developer of luxury apartment buildings in Mumbai’s Indira Gandhi Park has been hit by a wave of complaints from tenants about their broken locks.
The problems started in August, when a woman, who has lived in the building for several years, broke into a unit and started tearing down the walls.
A couple of weeks later, the woman began breaking the locks again.
“We have received hundreds of complaints,” said a senior manager of the project, a subsidiary of the firm, Indigo Homes.
“The people who have complained to us have had the locks torn down several times.
The problem was not limited to one unit, it was widespread across the entire unit.”
It’s unclear how many residents are affected, but the developer has started a petition on Change.org asking the Maharashtra government to intervene to ensure the apartments remain habitable.
In response, the Mumbai police has begun an investigation into the incident, and is now looking into whether the complaints are credible.
It seems the problems stem from the developer’s failure to keep a regular check on the apartments and to ensure that tenants have proper access to the building’s main entrance.
The company has been told that they will be held responsible for any damages caused by the tenant, and will be required to pay compensation for damage to their property.
The developer said the complaints stem from an internal policy of not checking tenants on their occupancy status, and said they have begun “interviewing and investigating all complainants” in the investigation.
“A lot of complaints have come from the occupants, and they are all women,” said the manager of Indigo Homes, who requested that her name not be used.
“I’m sure we will get complaints from women too, and this will be a bigger issue for us than the locks.”
She said Indigo Homes has a policy of checking every tenant, but that “we have received a lot of people who claim that the locks were broken, but they have not been given the opportunity to check.”