VK Sharma, petitioner in the case, said the action is an eyewash to avoid court’s anger. The high court is slated to hear the case on February 8, when the authority will have to submit an action taken report and other details of this case before the court.
“The planning department has decided to seal 382 flats and few villas in the Czar complex. We have sealed around 20 villas today and few flats. The action will continue,” said a Greater Noida authority official, requesting anonymity.
Flats and villas sealed were lying vacant. Officials did not seal flats or vilas, which are occupied.
The Allahabad high court had stayed allotment of flats in Supertech’s Czar project in Greater Noida, taking cognizance of a plea by home owners alleging the real estate major built over 1,000 residential units in violation of sanctioned building plans. It directed the authority to ensure one of its officers was present in court during the next hearing on February 8 to assist the judges with the facts of the case.
Residents have accused the realty company of building 1,904 units instead of the sanctioned 844 units at Czar.
The Supertech rejected the allegations as false and untrue.
“I do not think the authority has sealed any flat or villa. Officials came only to take measurement of flats as per the court order. We made more flats because we increased population density as per law. All allegations of petitioners are untrue. We will reply to all allegations in the court,” said RK Arora, CMD, Supertech.
Sealing action triggered panic among 450 families, who are living in Czar.
“We demand that action should be taken against the builder for violating law. There is uncertainty and fear among buyers due to sealing,” said Arun Garg of apartment owners association.
On December 3, 2014 the Greater Noida authority had issued a sealing notice to the Supertech Group following complaints from buyers, who alleged the builder constructed illegal flats without approvals.
“Why the authority did not take any proper action before February 6, since high court order came on January 11, 2017. The authority action came just two days before hearing. Officials are sheltering the builder by not taking adequate action,” said VK Sharma, one of the petitioners.
The court has sought action taken report including details of the project from the authority. The Greater Noida authority had sought time during a hearing on January 11 to place on record the total area, either in sq. ft. or sq. metres that was allowed to be constructed initially, how many flats the Supertech Group was supposed to construct and how many they actually constructed and how much excess construction has been made.
The Greater Noida authority had allotted 20 acres to Supertech in 2006 in Sector Omicron-1. The realty firm has built group housing towers on this project under the title of Czar. Around 450 families are living in the society.
The Allahabad high court had on January 11, 2017 stayed the allotment of illegally constructed flats in Supertech Czar Suites on plot number GH-2, Sector - Omicron-1 of Greater Noida. HC order came in response to a plea filed by nine residents, who demand demolition of illegally built flats.
Residents went to court because construction of additional flats will overburden the supporting facilities in the project.