Will file criminal cases against builders who fail to address homebuyers’ woes: UP chief secy
Kumar held a meeting with officials of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities in the Sector 6 administrative building on Monday.noida Updated: Jan 15, 2018 23:12 IST
Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajive Kumar on Monday said the state government would file criminal cases and take other punitive measures against builders who were not addressing homebuyers problems.
Kumar held a meeting with officials of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities in the Sector 6 administrative building on Monday.
Many issues, including those faced by homebuyers, industries, municipal services and improving policing in Gautam Budh Nagar district, were discussed in the three-hour meeting.
The chief secretary said action would be taken against builders once their audit reports are out. The authorities have commissioned a financial audit of all builders to determine if they diverted funds meant for housing projects.
“As of now we have received the draft of audit reports in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway. Once we will have the final audit reports, we will be able to establish if the builders have diverted funds, as alleged by homebuyers. The government will then be able to take action, including filing criminal cases if they (builders) have violated norms,” Kumar said.
The assurance comes in the backdrop of delay by builders in delivering flats to homebuyers even after receiving complete payment.
On September 12 last year, chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed the Noida and Greater Noida authorities to deliver 50,000 flats by the end of 2017, and formed a ministerial committee to address problems of stakeholders.
The Noida builders were supposed to deliver 12,500 flats, and the Greater Noida builders were supposed to deliver 27,500 flats but could not meet the target.
“According to details given by the Noida authority, the builders delivered 6,900 flats (in 2017) but the remaining 5,600 are yet to be delivered. In Greater Noida, the builders delivered 12,000 flats out of 27,500 flats. But these ready flats are not with the aggrieved buyers yet. The builders should have delivered pending flats or shared a schedule of delivery,” said Satish Kumar, a buyer.
On December 25, the UP chief minister again assured homebuyers that another 40,000 ready flats would be delivered by April 2018.
Homebuyers say they are yet to get any relief and accused the state government of not taking tough measures to force the builders to resolve their grievances.
“The figure of 40,000 or 80,000 is imaginary and has been made up by the officials. The homebuyers, who had been suffering at the hands of builders, continue to suffer because the state government is soft towards the builders and not seriously looking into this issue,” homebuyer Indrish Gupta said.
On Monday, the chief secretary reassured that the government would address all issues.
“The Noida and Greater Noida builders will deliver 25,000 flats in February this year; they have already delivered 25,000 flats last year. The state government is very serious about solving all problems faced by homebuyers. But the state government cannot intervene in cases that are being heard in courts. We have decided to take required steps as soon as the audit report will be submitted,” Kumar said.