After waiting to gain possession of their flats for six years, allottees of the 2006 residential housing scheme of the Noida authority are in for another shock. Now, they will have to pay an additional amount of R5 lakh before moving into their dream homes.
The project covered area of EWS, LIG, MIG and HIG flats was 40 sqm, 72 sqm, 112 sqm and 160 sqm respectively. Tentative cost for EWS, LIG, MIG and HIG flats was R7.84 lakh, R13.31 lakh, R21.65 lakh and R38.81 lakh respectively. A draw of lots was held between January 4-7 in 2007. The successful applicants were given allotment letters. Possession was to be given in three years.
The authority on Monday asked about 1,040 allottees of LIG flats to deposit R5 lakh in next one month, or else pay an interest of 13 per cent until whole amount is paid.
“If allottees are not ready to accept this condition, they may lose their allotment,” said a senior authority official, requesting anonymity. On Monday, the authority allotted flat numbers to the allottees and asked them to pay R5 lakh.
The move has angered the allottees, who have decided to move court for relief. “The authority has already failed to deliver the flats on time. And now they are putting monetary burden on us. We will move court against the order,” said PC Shekhar, an allottee.
In 2006, the authority floated a scheme of 2,140 flats in sectors 99, 100 and 135. There were four types of flats -- 400 for people belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) and 1,040, 500 and 200 for low-income group (LIG), medium-income group (MIG) and high-income group (HIG) applicants respectively.
In July this year, the authority asked the alloottees to pay 20 per cent more as it claimed that the cost has escalated.
“We are already protesting this 20% hike. And now the authority has given us another shocker. We all are middle-class people. It would be difficult for us to pay R5 lakh even in instalments,” said Dipesh Khatri, another allottee.
“The authority is offering us incomplete flats. The sewer, drainage, park, and road works are still incomplete at the societies,” said Khatri.