Greater Noida chief warns officials issuing occupancy papers for incomplete projects
It has been alleged that some officials formed a nexus with builders and issued OC, allowing possession to homebuyers but without necessary common facilities being completed.noida Updated: Jun 26, 2017 22:39 IST
The Greater Noida authority on Friday cancelled the occupancy certificate issued for a residential building located in Sector Pi-2 as the builder is yet to develop common facilities and complete other construction work. The authority’s chief executive officer (CEO) Debasish Panda said he will take action against officials who are issuing occupancy certificates (OC) for incomplete housing projects.
The authority was forced to cancel the OC after homebuyers filed complaints with the authority, alleging that the building was issued an OC in violation of existing norms.
The developer had obtained the land in 2005, which has eight towers comprising around 350 flats. The builder has finished structural construction of only half of the total flats, and that too, without the finishing touches, officials said.
An occupancy certificate implies that the building is ready to be handed over to buyers. The authority issues an OC after a team of experts from the planning department verifies that a building has been completed. The planning team verifies if the builder has set up a drainage and sewage network, built roads inside the building, has mandatory fire systems in place and obtained a no-objection certificate from the fire department. The builder must also ensure drinking water connection, sewage and functional lifts, among other requirements, officials said.
“I have asked (officials) to investigate how this blunder took place. Once the report is in, we will take strict legal action against the official responsible for this anomaly,” said Panda.
It has been alleged that some officials formed a nexus with builders and issued OC, allowing possession to homebuyers but without necessary common facilities being completed.
“I will certainly take action against those responsible for issuing occupancy certificate for a project that did not have adequate common facilities. How can an OC be issued without ensuring that common facilities are in place? An OC must be issued only after the project is completed,” Panda said.
The chairman of the Greater Noida authority also said that this was a serious lapse. “It is very disturbing that OCs are being issued without even visiting the building. We will not spare the guilty officials,” Dr Prabhat Kumar, chairman of the Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities, said.