As many as 21,000 plot buyers of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) are thinking of holding a protest in the first week of May as they see no signs of getting possession of their plots despite having already paid over 80% of the cost to the authority over the past five years.
The buyers held a meeting on Monday and decided to wait for Yeida chief executive officer (CEO) Arun Vir Singh to return from his official training in the first week of May. He is supposed to join office on May 5.
“Arun Vir Singh had assured us of plot possession in January 2016. Now April too has gone and the fifth month of the year is about start soon. How long can we wait for plots that we booked in 2008-09? We have paid 80 to 90% of the plot cost and also agreed to pay the additional amounts Yeida asked us to pay to compensate farmers for enhancements. Despite all this, we do not see any hope of getting possession,” said Safal Suri, president of Yamuna expressway residential plot owners’ welfare association (Yerpowa).
After a Yeida board meeting in January, plot buyers were hoping to get possession of plots soon but the CEO went on a long leave for official training, which further delayed possession.
“In January, it was made crystal clear that buyers will pay additional amounts in eight instalments and Yeida would start giving possession. Now, we are left with no choice but to take to the streets,” said Sanjeev Bainsla, another buyer.
The buyers are also worried that Yeida has not taken up development of sewers, water connection lines, road infrastructure and electricity lines etc that are mandatory conditions for giving possession.
“We think all this will take another six months or more and then there is the farmers’ issue as many locals have already moved Allahabad high court seeking quashing of allotments. It is very bad for us buyers who are stuck between Yeida officials and farmers,” said Harpreet Singh, joint secretary, Yerpowa
The buyers have made many representations to Yeida in the past three years, but nothing has happened so far.