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Noida invites agencies for auditing builders’ accounts

The principal secretary for urban housing department, Mukul Singhal, who is also heading the real estate regulatory authority (RERA), also recommended an audit of Amrapali Group as it has failed to deliver flats in its Noida and Greater Noida projects

noida Updated: Sep 20, 2017 22:14 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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The principal secretary on September 14 had appointed Debasish Panda, Greater Noida authority’s chief executive officer, to conduct a probe into Amrapali Group’s accounts under Section 35 of RERA(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The Noida authority on Wednesday invited proposals from independent agencies for auditing accounts of builders who are yet to deliver housing projects.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had on September 12 directed the chief executive officers of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway to get an audit of builders, who are failing to deliver flats to homebuyers, conducted.

“We are likely to select more than one agency for this job within four weeks. The state government has given us three months to hire agencies and get an audit conducted. We need to send a report of the audit within three months,” said Tandon.

According to officials, the authority will pay Rs5 crore to each agency that is selected for the job.

Apart from the instructions of the chief minister for audit, the principal secretary for urban housing department, Mukul Singhal, who is also heading the real estate regulatory authority (RERA), also recommended an audit of Amrapali Group as it has failed to deliver flats in its Noida and Greater Noida projects.

Singhal on September 14 had appointed Debasish Panda, Greater Noida authority’s chief executive officer, to conduct a probe into Amrapali Group’s accounts under Section 35 of RERA. Singhal had also directed Panda to provide an 11-point report on Amrapali Group’s project details.

Now, it has been decided that the Noida and Greater Noida authorities will ask the selected agencies to audit each builder’s project on the 11 points. These points include builders’ current financial capacity, funds collected from buyers, land bank and money spent on construction and other purposes, among others.

The Greater Noida authority has already started the process of hiring independent agencies for the audit.

“We are likely to select three agencies (for the audit) by the first week of October, as we have already started the process. Once the audit is finished, we will decide the list of firms for a forensic audit. If in the audit, it is proved that a builder has diverted funds collected from buyers, a forensic audit will be conducted for legal action against the builder,” a Greater Noida authority official said.

POINTS FOR AUDIT

  • List of flats booked and number of flats for which partial payment has been received
  • Name and address of each buyer who has made partial or full payment for a flat
  • Payment received for each flat
  • Payment received for each project
  • Detailed status of each project, project wise and tower wise
  • Total funds required for the project
  • Month-wise statement showing money spent by the promoter
  • Authenticated documents showing availability of funds at the disposal of the builder
  • Authenticated balance-sheet of the builder for five years
  • Details duly supported by the documents of available land bank and projects
  • Financial, technical and managerial capacity of the builder and their present net worth certified by a chartered accountant

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 22:13 IST