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Buyers’ protest today over late projects

noida Updated: Jul 28, 2016 00:36 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times

Around one lakh homebuyers of various residential projects in Noida are suffering due to delay in the delivery of flats.(Sunil Ghosh/HT)

Hundreds of homebuyers will on Thursday hold a protest against the Noida authority outside its office in Sector 6 over delay in handover of flats and other issues.

Around one lakh homebuyers of various residential projects in Noida are suffering due to delay in the delivery of flats. Some of the problems being faced by the buyers include delay in handover of possession, harassment by builders, “unjustified” hike in circle rates and alleged corruption in the registry and authority office.

Buyers from various housing projects will come together for the protest on Thursday.

“As per the UP Apartment Act-2010, the Noida authority is empowered to act as a regulator until the real estate regulatory act of the Centre comes into effect in states. The Noida authority,

who is the regulator, failed to act to ensure that builders delivered flats on time. Now it cannot pass the blame on to the builders,” said Colonel (retd) Sushil Kumar Nagrath, president of buyers’ association for Jaypee

Aman Group housing project.

Jaypee Aman Group housing project is four years behind its schedule. The Jaypee Group launched the project in Sector 151 in 2009 and promised delivery in 2012.

Homebuyers, who have booked flats in 3C, Amrapali, Jaypee, Nirala and Greater Value Sharnam are also expected to take part in the protest.

“The point is that when a builder fails to deliver a housing project on time, why would the Noida authority approve other projects in favour of the same builder. The authority should have asked the builder to first complete one project and then start another,” said Rajendra Kumar Patra, a homebuyer of Jaypee Aman project.

“Most of the homebuyers belong to the middle-class and they have to pay rent as well home loan. And the handover of the flat is still far,” said Punit Parashar, who has booked a flat in an Amrapali project in Sector 107.

Nearly 5,000 flats are stuck due to litigation over land in the area.

Buyers alleged that the authority has failed to stop corruption in its office as there is no independent vigilance officer.

“During the registration of a property, a buyer is forced to pay bribe at every stage, even for a small work like transfer of memorandum. There is no one to address these complaints,” said Nagrath.

Reacting to the problems raised by the homebuyers, Pravir Kumar, chairman of the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna authorities, said, “I will look into these issues and take appropriate action.”