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Demanding better amenities, homebuyers protest outside Greater Noida authority office

Homebuyers became agitated after some police constables allegedly pushed them out of the office. Homebuyers ended their protest after CEO Amit Mohan Prasad agreed to meet them.

noida Updated: May 16, 2017 21:58 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Greater Noida authority office,chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad,Value Infra’s Skywalk
Noida, India-May16,2017: A delegation of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association had a heated argument with the officials and the police when they went to meet Greater Noida chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad in his office on Tuesday. **Pic received on May 16, 2017** (Please check with Pawan Pandita for details)

A group of around 70 homebuyers on Tuesday protested against the Greater Noida authority after its chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad refused to meet them at the Knowledge Park-IV office.

Homebuyers from various housing projects, including Value Infra’s Skywalk, Amrapali’s Dream Valley, Supertech’s Eco Village, Shubhkamna Buildtech and Gaursons, among others, wanted to meet the CEO to discuss several issues.

Homebuyers became agitated after some police constables allegedly pushed them out of the office. Homebuyers ended their protest after the CEO agreed to meet them.

“Homebuyers from Supertech’s Eco Village and Gaur City wanted to meet the CEO because they are facing problems of daily traffic jams at Kisan Chowk and near Crossings Republik. We discussed issues such as the need for foot overbridges, metro connectivity in Greater Noida west and ways to get back the investments made in projects, whose builders have fled,” said Abhishek Kumar, president, Noida Extension flat owners welfare association.

Homebuyers said the CEO was “angry with them as he did not wish to meet them”.

“We demanded that a tripartite meeting of buyers, builders and officials be started in Greater Noida as is being done in Noida. Let us see if the CEO will consider our demand or not,” said Surendra Baranwal, a homebuyer.

Homebuyers have also asked Prasad not to scrap the proposed 15km Metro project, which was supposed to connect Noida’s Sector 71/51 to Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park-IV.

“We asked the CEO why he has not started work on the project to provide metro connectivity to Greater Noida west. The CEO said he has not scrapped the project. He said the authority has put it on hold due to financial constraints,” Kumar said.

Prasad told HT that he has assured the homebuyers that all their issues would be addressed at the earliest.

“If they disturb peace, police will have to do their job. I did not refuse to meet them. I met around 100 homebuyers and told that I would try to address their issues,” Prasad said.

The residents’ body has been complaining about traffic problems for a long time as they have demanded installation of traffic lights, construction of an underpass and foot overbridges at various important junctions outside the residential societies in Noida Extension and Greater Noida.

“Installation of traffic signals will ensure that the residents of these societies are not affected by rash driving and traffic mismanagement. We have written to the Greater Noida authority on several occasions in the past but no action has been taken so far,” said Amarjeet Rathore, a resident of Gaur City.

First Published: May 16, 2017 21:58 IST