Twitter protest: Dhoni supports Amrapali residents, says promises must be kept

Complaints from residents of Amrapali Sapphire went viral on Twitter after they tagged Dhoni in their tweets and asked the cricketer to dissociate himself the company.

MUMBAI: After being trolled on social media by residents of a housing society in Noida built by real estate firm Amrapali Group, the company’s brand ambassador and Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Sunday the company must deliver on its promises.

Complaints from residents of Amrapali Sapphire in Sector 45 went viral on Twitter after they tagged Dhoni in their tweets and asked the cricketer to dissociate himself the company or force it to ensure completion of pending work. The first phase of Sapphire, which was launched in 2009 and has 1,000 flats, has been completed and about 800 families have moved in. But civil and electrical work in many towers is still incomplete, residents allege.

They complained their demand was not addressed by the management, which forced them to tag Dhoni on Twitter with #AmrapaliMisuseDhoni last week. Fielding queries at a press conference in Mumbai a day after he led his new IPL team to victory, Dhoni said, “I would like to keep controversies away… you know at times, you have (a) situation where expectation levels are not met and it’s something that keeps on happening, we will see what can be done… we will get in touch with the Amrapali people and see what exactly is happening.”

Dhoni added, “If you see the economy, it’s quite tough for the builder as of now. But at the same time, whatever is promised irrespective of where they stand, I think it needs to be met.” The Amrapali group had earlier said the issue discussed on Twitter was “nothing and things have been blown out of proportion. All the basic facilities and amenities are working”. “Though there are certain drawbacks which hardly comprise 4-5% of the total project, it shall be completed in the next 90 days,” the realty firm had said.

The residents’ association had said electrical panels in the society were open, wires were hanging and firefighting equipment, sprinklers and alarms were not functional. There is no maintenance staff for lifts, neither were there lift operators, they alleged. The swimming pool too has allegedly not been made operational.

Amrapali residents welcomed Dhoni’s response. “We are grateful to Dhoni for having responded to our concerns. It is a matter of great pride that Dhoni is also an owner of a penthouse in this society. We hope Amrapali management immediately takes up all the pending issues,” said R K Srivastava, a resident of Sapphire.

“We also thank the Amrapali management for having responded to our anxiety and concerns,” added Atul Kumar, another resident.

 

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