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Stay off if you can’t help, Noida Extn flat buyers tell Team Anna

india Updated: Jun 01, 2012 23:18 IST
Darpan Singh

The Noida Extension Flat Owners and Members Association (Nefoma) on Friday condemned the visit of Manish Sisodia, a key Team Anna member, to Greater Noida where "he supported local farmers in their fight for their land".

Buyers, who are mobilising support for their proposed dharna at the NCR planning board office in Delhi on June 8 to protest against the non-clearance of Greater Noida master plan resulting in the halting of realty projects, warned Team Anna to stay off the land acquisition muddle or be prepared to face the consequences.

"We condemn Sisodia's visit. They (farmers) are trying to politicise the issue and playing with our sentiments. We warn Team Anna that if they don't stop this, we will show them black flags where ever they go," said Shweta Bharti of Nefoma.

About two months ago, buyers had sought Hazare's support at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Some have also registered their protest against Team Anna on India Against Corruption's Facebook page.

"On behalf of over 1 lakh middle-class Noida Extension flat buyers, whose money is stuck in projects that are on a standstill for seven months now, we invite Team Anna to come and join our dharna," she said.

Nefoma has also shot off a protest letter to Anna Hazare. "We understand you will visit Greater Noida to support farmers. After one year of wait, we have had some hope. But we have apprehensions that the issue would become political," the letter reads.

"We hardly earn R15-25,000 per month and dream to have our own houses near Delhi. For the past one year, we have been paying rents as well as bank EMIs without any construction taking place. We are being mentally tortured and have become financially handicapped. We request you to kindly support us and not take any step, which may stop us from getting our dream homes," the letter further reads.

Till now, the NCR planning board has postponed several meetings and the master plan remains unapproved. In October 2011, the Allahabad High Court had ruled that land would remain with builders and farmers would get increased benefits. But it had also said that construction would not resume till the board approved the plan.

As a result, construction of about 2.5 lakh houses — 1 lakh of them already booked — is halted for seven months now.