The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) on Wednesday told the Allahabad high court that the board would meet on May 22 in Delhi and take up Greater Noida’s master plan for consideration, said the counsel of a buyers’ group.
On April 3, flat buyers in Noida Extension moved court seeking early resumption of the stuck housing projects. On April 10, the high court asked the NCR planning board to file a reply on the efforts to clear the master plan.
“The planning board today filed its reply and said it got a revised plan from Uttar Pradesh government only on May 1, which would be taken up for approval at the next board meeting on May 22,” said Vijay Singh, the petitioners’ lawyer. The matter will be heard next after May 22.
The high court in October last year ruled that land would remain with builders and farmers would get increased benefits. But the court also said that construction would not resume till the planning board approved the plan.
This has meant construction of about 2.5 lakh houses — 1 lakh of them already booked — remained halted for seven months.
Buyers hope the expected approval will solve their woes. The high court on Monday rejected petitions filed by the Greater Noida authority and farmers, both seeking a review on the court’s earlier order.
This order has meant the wait for dream houses might prolong further. Cases will now be heard afresh in the Supreme Court. Farmers of several villages have already moved the apex court. The authority said it would also follow suit soon.
Even if the NCR planning board approves Greater Noida’s master plan anytime soon, housing projects may not start. In the apex court, farmers will seek their land back. Hearing in the SC will take time and the case could go either way. The issue of master plan approval will remain relevant only when the apex court does not set aside land takeover land remains with builders.