Around 60 residents of Amrapali `Sapphire’ complex on Tuesday carried out a candlelight march outside the office of Noida’s superintendent of police (SP) in Sector 6.
Holding placards and banners, residents shouted slogans against realty firm Amrapali Group and the police for not lodging an FIR over the alleged tampering of their electricity meters.
“Residents have given us a complaint against the Amrapali Group over some maintenance dispute. We will conduct an investigation into the case and take appropriate action,” said Gaurav Grover, circle officer, Noida police.
“Amrapali Group is tampering with electricity meters and deducting money from residents’ accounts illegally. On Sunday, we went to Sector 39 police station to lodge an FIR against the builder over this. But the police did not lodge an FIR. Later, we complained to the station house officer and, on Monday, we registered a complaint with the senior superintendent of police (SSP) but nothing has happened. Therefore, we decided to take out a candlelight march,” said RK Srivastava, a resident and retired naval officer.
Residents of Amrapali `Sapphire’ complex in Sector 45 are not paying maintenance to the builder since many works in the building are yet to be completed. The builder has not obtained occupancy certificate, mandatory before offering possession in a building, residents said.
“Pending works include laying of electricity cables, the pool, fire systems, elevators, parking facility and basement. The firefighting system is not working. We are living in an unsafe building just because the builder has not paid Rs 86 crore dues to the Noida authority to obtain an occupation certificate. The builder had assured us that it will not levy maintenance charge until the OC is obtained,” said NK Batra, another resident.
The Uttar Pradesh electricity regulatory commission has also directed the builder to ensure that the electricity supply code and tariff are not violated in the complex. The commission has also asked the builder to submit a report on residents’ complaints on tampering with the meter.
Anil Sharma, chairman-cum-managing director, Amrapali Group, said, “Of the 850 house owners, there are only 10-15 residents who do not want to pay maintenance and are resorting to protests. I am spending Rs 7 lakh per month on maintenance. If residents do not pay maintenance, how will I provide services? I did not sign any agreement with residents that I will not charge maintenance till OC is obtained. I am ready to pay land dues to the Noida authority and complete pending works. But residents should also pay their dues.”
“We have called Amrapali Group representatives and homebuyers again for a meeting on June 13 to figure out whether the realty firm has done any work or not,” said Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, additional chief executive officer, Noida authority.