Six families are confined to an illegal six-storey building, constructed on mix-use land in Nagla Charandas, after the authority sealed the two entrances to the premises.
The authority sealed 100 flats and 26 shops in the building, including the two entrances, and asked the six families residing in the building to vacate the premises in six days. Officials said that they have sealed the illegal building because the developer — Nimi Homes Private Limited — did not get the layout plan of the building approved.
The building is spread over 20,000 square metres in Nagla Charandas, Noida Phase-2. There are 1BHK and 2BHK flats in the building.
“I had shifted to my flat in December 2016 following the registration of my property. The building was built as per the layout map sanctioned by the zila panchayat. Now, the authority has locked us inside without even serving a notice. I am locked inside the building with my eight-month-old son. Why did the government allow the registration of property if it is illegal?” Hardip Singh, who works with an MNC, said.
The authority also cut power supply to the building. “There is no power or water supply to the building now. We have to climb a five-foot wall to enter and exit the building. How can we shift out of the building if the main entrance is locked?” said Gaurav Kumar Singh, who shifted to his flat in January.
The building has 26 shops on the ground floor. There are 106 flats on the five floors above the ground in the building, which is located off the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) Road.
“Owners of twenty five flats have got their properties registered. Banks have also provided loans for the flats as all necessary approvals for the building were in place. If the building was illegal, why did the authority not stop the construction? The authority should have put a notice at the site. Why is this action being taken now, when we are living in it?” said Bimal Kaushal, another resident.
Authority officials said they will demolish the building in seven days. “We repeatedly warned the builder about illegal construction. We will demolish the flats and shops once the six families vacate the premises,” BK Singh, project engineer of the Noida authority, said.
The developer said the issue will be resolved soon. “We have filed a case in the Allahabad high court after the authority had issued a notice in 2015 and filed a case against us. We have followed all building norms. We are constructing 510 more flats behind this building as we have got the necessary sanctions from the zila panchayat,” Rakesh Jaiswal, the director of Nimi Homes, said.