The Noida authority on Wednesday sealed an recently built, unauthorised building with 106 flats and 26 shops in Nagla Charandas area of Phase 2. However, six flats remained unsealed as the owners were living in them at the time of the sealing.
“We have asked the flat owners to vacate the premises as soon as possible so that we can seal the remaining six flats. We have sealed flats and shops in the building because the developer, Nimi Homes Private Limited, did not seek approval before construction. The developer constructed the building on land acquired by the government for development,” said BK Singh, project engineer, Noida authority.
The flat owners in the six flats asked why the authority did not take action when the developer had started construction at the site in the first place.
The authority had issued a notice to the developer for the first time on July 21, 2015, with a direction that he stop constructing on government land. It has been sending him notices since then and an FIR was also lodged against the promoters of the Nimi Homes Private Limited in 2015.
“The authority kept taking action against the developer, but now we had to seal the building because he did not stop the construction. If he does not submit a satisfactory reply to our notice within the next seven days, the authority will have to demolish the building,” said Singh.
“The developer had filed a plea in the Allahabad high court challenging the notices and FIR lodged by the Noida authority. However, the court is yet to pass any order on this issue. We are taking action against the builder step by step following the laid-down procedures. Now, if the developer fails to give a valid response to our notices, we will demolish the building,” he added.
The land in question is located on 20,000 square metres in khasra numbers 115 and 128.
On the problems the building’s flat owners will have to face if it is demolished, Singh said, “Flat owners can go to court for justice. They should have exercised due diligence before buying property in this project.”
Despite repeated attempts, Nimi Homes Private Limited was unavailable for comments. Calls and emails to the developer’s office remained unanswered.