The ongoing Noida Extension realty crisis on Thursday echoed in Parliament when BJP member in Rajya Sabha Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said housing projects had remained stuck because of “red-tapism prevailing in the central government”.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Naqvi said “10 lakh people”, who had booked houses in Noida Extension by investing savings of entire lifetime, were left in the lurch as the NCR Planning Board, a central body, had not cleared Greater Noida’s master plan, resulting in halting of projects.
The Centre in March informed Parliament that no timeline could be set for approval of the master plan. Union minister of state for urban development, Saugata Roy, then informed Rajya Sabha the NCRPB has requested Uttar Pradesh to incorporate certain observations and suggestions and submit a revised plan.
Even as the state government has, after addressing the objections raised by the NCR board, sent the plan back for approval, flat buyers have said they would stage a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi later this month.
The BJP MP said the inaction on the part of the central government had also rendered lakhs of construction workers jobless and they were on the verge of starvation. “The previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the current Samajwadi Party (SP) governments in Uttar Pradesh have done their best to lift the deadlock but the planning board has failed to clear the master plan.”
Naqvi demanded that the Union urban development minister should direct the NCR planning board to immediately solve the issue and clear the decks for resumption of stuck housing projects. Other members from the BJP as well as the CPI-M supported Naqvi in his stand.
Non-clearance of Greater Noida’s master plan by the NCRPB has halted real estate projects in Noida Extension for the past six months. The NCR board came into picture after the Allahabad high court last year said construction would not begin till the board approved of the master plan.
The NCR planning board has objected to massive acquisition of land despite a low population density in Greater Noida.