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Homebuyers’ issues a priority, says new Greater Noida chairman

Greater Noida got its second chairman since the state government’s formation in March. Earlier, UP government had appointed Dr Prabhat Kumar as the chairman of the Greater Noida authority.

noida Updated: Jul 07, 2017 22:14 IST
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New chairman, Rahul Bhatnagar, joined the office on Thursday.
New chairman, Rahul Bhatnagar, joined the office on Thursday.(Sunil Ghosh)

Senior IAS officer Rahul Bhatnagar on Thursday took charge as the chairman of the Greater Noida authority. Bhatnagar was the chief secretary of the UttarPradesh before the government appointed him the Greater Noida chairman and head of the state’s investment commission in Delhi.

Greater Noida got its second chairman since the state government’s formation in March. Earlier, UP government had appointed Dr Prabhat Kumar as the chairman of the Greater Noida authority. During his tenure as the chairman, he had ordered a series of probes into alleged scams, including cases of land leaseback to non-farmers in 150 instances and irregularities in issuance of occupancy certificates to builders.

Kumar is now the chairman of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority and also holds the charge of Meerut division commissioner.

After taking over as chairman, Bhatnagar said that the investigation into leaseback and OC cases will continue.

“Probe into cases of norm violations will continue and our focus will be to ensure that homebuyers’ issues are resolved as soon as possible,” he said.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had directed senior officials to ensure that homebuyers’ issues are resolved at the earliest. Around 80 housing projects in Greater Noida are faced with issues including late delivery of flats, unfinished housing societies and pending registration of flats.

“The meetings related to builder-buyer issues are already taking place in Greater Noida to resolve realty issues. We will ensure the meetings continue so that homebuyers who have invested their money do not face further issues,” said Bhatnagar.

Apart from this, the Greater Noida authority on Friday will organise a meeting of 10 builders to resolve issues pertaining to occupancy certificates (OCs).

“We resolved issues of 14 builders on Wednesday. These issues are related to the issuance of occupancy certificate for their housing societies. The authority did not issue OCs because these builders did not clear land dues. Now, top officials will decide on how a builder can resolve this issue,” a senior Greater Noida authority official said.