It is sad to note that the builders/sellers/developers have utmost disregard to the Apex Court`s orders on the sale of car parking space in housing societies and apartments and have misread the orders in order to mislead the buyers.


In the present case, the builder is the Central Government Employees’ Welfare Housing Organisation, a unit of the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation. While the builder has put 485 stilt car parks up for sale in the apartment project nearing completion at Paruthipattu, near Poonamallee, the buyers are resisting it saying it goes against the Supreme Court’s ruling. The apex court had ruled way back in August, 2010 that “The promoter has no right to sell stilt parking spaces as these are neither flat nor appurtenant or attachment to a flat.”

Most Chennai builders have been collecting hefty amounts for providing car parking facilities, from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh for open car park and Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for stilt car park. Though many individual buyers would have raised objection to such practices, such an organised spirited protest is being staged for the first time.

About 100 elderly home buyers observed a one-day fast protesting against their builder, in Chennai,which is levying hefty charges on them for providing stilt car park, a thing the apex court in the country had ruled illegal in 2010.