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Masterplan delay a jolt for Noida Extn homebuyers

india Updated: Feb 20, 2012 01:31 IST
Darpan Singh

In a fresh jolt to home-buyers in the stuck Noida Extension projects, the NCR Planning Board has refused to set a deadline for clearing the Greater Noida Masterplan 2021, without which the projects cannot take off.

Four months ago, however, the Allahabad high court gave a compromise formula, saying while the land would remain with the builders, farmers would get increased benefits.

The trouble began in May 2011, when the HC returned the land to farmers in the Shahberi village and the Supreme Court upheld the order. The HC quashed acquisition in the Patwari village too.

Although the Shahberi projects could not be revived because of the SC order, a larger HC bench said in October that realty projects could go on only if the masterplan was approved by the NCR planning board, a central body.

The board has blamed the UP government for delay, as the Greater Noida authority moved court with a review petition, saying the NCR planning board did not have the powers to approve the state's plans.

Now, the authority wants to resume the projects without the NCR board's nod. Of the 2.5 lakh housing units planned in Noida Extension, one lakh have already been booked.

The home-buyers quoted the board's member secretary Naini Jayaseelam as saying: "We received the complete Greater Noida Masterplan 2021 only in January 2012. The UP government itself delayed matters."

Abhishek Kumar, president of a buyers' association, said, "Buyers are suffering because of a Centre-state tussle."

Replying to an RTI plea, the board said the masterplan would be placed before the statutory planning committee and its recommendations would be sent to the NCR board. The process could take two-three months.