A day after Allahabad high court lifted the stay over four group housing projects in Sector 107, the Noida authority on Tuesday said it will ensure that the realtors expedite work and deliver the flats without further delay.
“We are likely to get a copy of the high court order by Wednesday. We will implement the same as soon as we get a written copy. We are planning to call a meeting of builders and buyers to expedite work on site. We will instruct the builders to complete pending works and give possession of flats to buyers at the earliest,” Samuya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Noida authority, said.
The DCEO and Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, additional chief executive officer (ACEO) of the Noida authority, discussed the issue at the authority’s Sector 6 office.
Allahabad high court on June 30, 2014 had ordered a stay on construction of group housing projects --Amrapali Heart Beat City, Lotus 300, Greater Value Sharnam and Sunworld Vanalika-- following a petition by Maharishi Ved Vidya Peeth, a trust, and a group of farmers, who demanded their agriculture land back, on the grounds that its acquisition by the Noida authority was faulty.
The high court stay affected around 5,000 homebuyers. The projects are in different stages of construction.
Homebuyers had complained to the government authorities concerned, including the UP chief minister, and also ran an online campaign on Twitter. They staged many protests outside the Noida authority office as well.
“We will ask builders to complete the projects and obtain occupancy certificate to make way for giving possession of the flats. Now, we will make sure that the builders do not cause delay. The authority is ready to support them, if needed, to expedite delivery,” Srivastava said.
The legal issue in Sector 107 pertains to 547 acres of land that was acquired by the Noida authority in 2008-09. It allotted the land to realtors for group housing projects. Farmers in 2011 challenged the acquisition in Allahabad high court, on the grounds that the land was acquired by implementing urgency clause for industrial purpose but it was being used for group housings. The farmers, in an affidavit, told the high court they are ready to accept increased compensation and withdraw cases.
“HC lifted the stay after the Noida authority assured in court it will give 64% increased land compensation and 10% of the developed land to farmers. Farmers and Maharishi Trust have agreed to the compromise,” Kapil Tyagi, from buyers’ legal cell who is handling the issue in court, said.
Anil Kumar Sharma, the chairman-cum-managing director of Amrapali Group, said work on the project needs to be expedited. “Now, we will work together to ensure the buyers do not suffer further and get their dream home soon. We will resume work at our project soon.”
The Supreme Court will also hear the case of land acquisition on July 19, as some of the farmers had approached the SC over the issue.
“The Supreme Court had asked buyers to first get the stay lifted by Allahabad high court. Now that we have got relief from HC, we hope all legal hurdles will be resolved on July 19. We will run a Twitter campaign to get work expedited at the sites,” Punit Parashar, a homebuyer in Amrapali Heart Beat City, said.