A group of plot allottees on Monday met additional chief executive officer of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) Amarnath Upadhyay demanding possession of their plots without further delay.
Even after seven years’ delay, YEIDA has failed to give possession of plots to 21,000 allottees. The authority failed because many farmers challenged the land acquisition in the Allahabad high court and refused to part with their agricultural land. Farmers continue to do farming on the land and court cases are ongoing.
“Last year, the YEIDA officials had promised that they will give possession of plots in October 2016. But they are failing time and again in doing that. If they are not giving us possession, they should at least stop levying interest on the defaulted amount,” said Alok Singh, an allottee, who had booked a 300 square metre plot in 2009.
Allottees said YEIDA charges Rs 30 interest per day on the defaulted amount.
“If the authority is charging interest on delayed payment, they should also pay interest to us because they took our money and failed to give us possession,” Singh said.
The authority launched the plot scheme in 2009 at a cost Rs 4,750 per sq m. The plots measure 300 sq m to 4,000 sq m.
The authority had allotted the plots through a lucky draw in 2009-10. But it has not yet been able to hand over the possession of these plots to the allottees, who have invested Rs 2,000 crore in the scheme. Farmers demanding a hiked compensation of 64% did not let the authority take possession of their land and hand it over to allottees. These plots were allotted in sectors 18 and 20.
“We are also asking the authority if they can shift our plots to another area, where they have litigation-free land. But officials are not bothered about the plight of allottees,” Singh said.
A section of allottees are of the view that the authority should hand over the possession to all allottees soon instead of providing relief to just a handful. Their only demand is that the “land site must be good”.
“If the YEIDA decides to shift us to a land which is dispute-free, the location of the land should be good. We will not accept a shift to a new location if the plots are poor,” said Safal Suri, president of Yamuna Expressway residential plot allottees.
YEIDA said it is in the process of allotting 1,000 plots in the next three to four months.
“We have given possession to 55 allottees on January 6. We are working hard to hand over possession to 1,000 more allottees. We are procuring land from farmers after solving disputes. We are hoping to hand over plots to 1000 allottees in the next three to four months,” said Upadhyay, ACEO, YEIDA.