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Heated arguments at Assotech, homebuyers’ meeting, authority plays referee

The builder is yet to complete the project or offer possession to homebuyers. Around 60 families had moved into the unfinished project in 2016.

noida Updated: May 19, 2017 22:34 IST
Vinod Rajput
Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra
Manish Verma, additional chief executive officer, Noida authority, speaks at the meeting held in Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Sector 6. Assotech MD Sanjeev Srivastava is seen in the extreme left. (Sunil Ghosh /HT Photo)

The Noida authority on Friday pulled up the managing director of Assotech Limited for allegedly being rude to homebuyers who questioned the delay in the Windsor Court project, coming up in Sector 78.

Assotech Limited is developing 709 dwelling units in the six-tower project. The builder had launched Windsor Court in 2009-10 with a promise to deliver flats by 2013.

However, the builder is yet to complete the project or offer possession to homebuyers. Around 60 families had moved into the unfinished project in 2016.

Homebuyers were an agitated lot on Friday at the tripartite meeting in Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Sector 6. Much of their ire was directed at the firm’s managing director Sanjeev Srivastava.

Homebuyers questioned him about his failure to deliver the flats even after they paid the entire flat cost.

The barrage of questions made Srivastava lose his cool and he started giving terse replies.

The builder even asked homebuyers if they would be happy if he deserted the project.

This had the Noida authority intervening in the matter. “You should not be angry and rude to homebuyers because you have taken money from them. Buyers have not taken anything from you. You must behave decently with them,” admonished Manish Verma, additional chief executive officer, Noida authority.

Those living in the incomplete project said they are facing several issues such as dirty water supply, inadequate power, lack of security personnel and elevators, and poor construction material used.

“We cannot get our registry done because the builder has not obtained an occupancy certificate. The builder was supposed to deliver the project in 2013. But even now he has finished only three of the six towers,” said OP Srivastava, a homebuyer.

The Assotech Limited needs to clear ₹110 crore in land dues to be eligible for occupancy certificate. Without the OC, the builder cannot give possession to homebuyers.

“We had met Noida chief executive officer Deepak Agarwal and told him that the partially complete complex does not have fire systems in place. He directed the builder to act but nothing has happened. We have to take the stairs in the absence of lifts,” said Sanjay Singhal, a homebuyer.

“My flat on the fifth floor has sewage backflow because the builder used poor quality pipes. Even after repeated complaints, the builder did not address
my issue,” said Manish Gupta, resident.

“I will deliver the project as soon as possible if buyers clear dues amounting to ₹37.5 crore. I am arranging funds from banks and other financial institutions. I will try to arrange funds by June 5 and obtain the OC so that homebuyers can get registries done,” Sanjeev Srivastava said.

“We trust that the builder will deliver as per the promises he made during the meeting. If not, we will take strict action,” Verma said.