Diamond District & Commercialization within Residential Complexes

by Vishnu

What should be the extent of commercial activity inside a  Residential Complex? Should it be decided by the Builder who is managing the complex, or the Owners Association? The Diamond District Apartment Owners Welfare Assocprint_image.phpiation is quite clear about its stand.

On Saturday when a 150 strong movie crew descended on the lawns of Diamond District, the Residents had to bring in the Police to get the crew out!

Times of India reports the incident:

Chaos reigned at the Diamond District apartment complex on Old Airport Road after a 150-member film crew landed at the plush complex to shoot for ‘Prema Purana’.

Diamond District was chosen as one of the locations for shooting the Kannada film starring Nithin, Radhika Gandhi, Shraddha Dey and others. Producers Gajanana Film hadn’t obtained police permission for shooting in the complex.

The war of words between residents and the film crew came to halt only after police intervened and chased away the crew.

Diamond District residents, who have been opposing commercialization of serviced apartments, claimed that frequent film shoots in the vicinity were disturbing their peace. The shoot for this movie had been on in a serviced apartment for about a week now. But on Saturday, the scene shifted to the lawn, drawing the ire of residents.

Diamond District occupants complained that no permission was obtained from the Diamond District Apartment Owners Welfare Association (DDAOWA) and police before the shoot.

Reacting to the charges, movie director Shivakumar R said: “We have a permission letter from Century Galaxy Developers Ltd (CDGL) for shooting on this premises and we have been paying charges too. We must get a refund.”

During heated arguments between police and crew, Old Airport police station inspector Venkatashetty sought to know from the CDGL spokesperson as to why the film crew didn’t seek permission from residents.

“Movie-makers have now been allowed to come and shoot films here. The maintenance managers behave as if they are absolute owners of Diamond District. They earn Rs 30,000 per day to give permission for such activities. This is nothing but intrusion on our privacy,” said Raja Nambiar, president of DDAOWA.

Residents have now lodged a complaint in the Old Airport police station. “We don’t allow any commercial activity on our premises. We are the owners of the apartment. Why should the CDGL give permission to film makers without our consent?” questioned apartment dwellers. “With over 400 workers employed in the 230-odd serviced apartments here, we have been facing security threats of sorts. It’s unsafe for women and children,” they said.

DDAOWA members recently met higher education minister Aravind Limbavali and BBMP commissioner Siddaiah against commercialization of residential apartment complexes. “We’ll ask the Lokayukta to come to our rescue. We want him to intervene and get us sale deeds for our apartments, ” Nambiar said.

What is your opinion?  While almost all will agree that the Owners Association must have the final say on any commercial activity inside the gates, to what extent should commercialization be allowed?

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