The Noida authority is investigating if realty firm Sikka Group, which has advertised a housing project ‘Sikka Kimaantra Greens’ for units worth Rs 40 lakh to Rs 1 crore in Sector 79, has the necessary approvals.
The action came after a group of homebuyers filed a complaint against the project to Noida authority chief executive officer, Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, at his office in Sector 6 on Thursday.
They alleged the builder was selling flats for the past two years without Noida authority’s approval.
“As per law a builder cannot sell flats without getting approvals of building map (plan) from the planning department. After the buyers’ complaint, I have directed the planning department to conduct an investigation and submit a report. I have also directed the builder to come to the authority office on October 14 for a meeting with homebuyers,” said Aggarwal. He said the authority will take strict action against the builder if the buyers’ complaint is true.
The authority can penalise the builder for selling flats without requisite approvals. The builder has sold 150 units without approvals, said a planning department official, requesting anonymity.
In 2014, the group launched Sikka Kimaantra Greens for luxurious units — including 3-4 BHK flats and villas — on a five-acre land. The builder set up a temporary sales office at the site to attract buyers ahead of the festive season.
“Digging is in full swing and we are about to begin construction of the building. We are awaiting approvals of building map from the Noida authority,” said a sales executive at the site.
“I invested R 15 lakh for a housing unit in the project in 2014 as the builder promised me a flat in three years. Now, he is forcing me to pay the remaining amount… He does not have requisite building approvals even after two years of my booking. I was shocked and lodged a complaint,” said TK Pathak, a buyer who works with a private company in Greater Noida.
Another buyer, Vikrant Bansal, said they want the Noida authority to ensure that builder doesn’t fool other buyers. “Many builders do not seek approvals and promise flats to buyers, thereby leading to harassment. The Noida authority should stop this,” he said.
“We have submitted building maps for approvals in the Noida authority. We hope to get necessary approvals soon,” said Sikka Group managing director, Gurneet Singh Sikka.