Officials assure Omaxe residents in Noida of fair elections

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 23:41 IST
Residents approached the high court due to the ongoing dispute between residents and the builder over maintenance. (HT File Photo)

Acting on the directions of Allahabad high court, Noida authority deputy chief executive officer Saumya Srivastava on Saturday met with the residents of Grand Omaxe housing complex in Sector 93B to chalk out a plan for holding the apartment owners’ association (AOA) elections.

A dispute between the residents and the builder over holding RWA elections has been ongoing for the last four years.

“We have started the process of carrying out AOA elections in the complex as per Allahabad high court orders. We will hold a meeting at the authority office in Sector 6 next week. We will finalise election guidelines in the next one week and carry out elections in three weeks,” Srivastava said.

Two tehsildars and other authority officials also took part in the meeting held at the housing complex. Residents put forth their issues with the builder.

Residents alleged that the builder is harassing them and does not want an independent AOA in the complex.

The authority was forced to appoint the DCEO as election officer after residents filed a contempt petition in Allahabad high court against the Noida authority.

“We had to file a contempt petition because a Noida official had appointed the builder’s representative as an election commissioner. As a result, the builder successfully sabotaged elections and also suspended the voting on June 4, 2016, harassing residents,” Prakash PVS, a resident, said.

On August 5, 2015, the Allahabad high court had directed Noida chief executive officer (CEO) to appoint an officer to conduct peaceful elections.

The Omaxe had launched the project with 1,536 flats in 2006 and started delivery in 2011. But even after five years, there is no AOA to look after the complex.

“Now we hope that elections will be conducted peacefully and in an unbiased manner so that apartment owners can elect their AOA, which will take care of civic and other issues of the complex. We have been fighting for fair elections for a long time,” Prakash said.

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