High on prices, nil on facilities
Iyou’ve just bought a house for R2.5 crore, what kind of facilities etc would you expect? Good roads, wellmaintained parks, tight security within and around your the colony and uninterrupted water and electricity supply? Unfortunately, you can forget about a privileged lifestyle if you live in Noida’s Sector 92. Home to about 3000 people, this sector has around 600 plots here of different sizes from 160 to 450 square metres (the R2.5 crore house has been built here). Besides that, the premium luxury group housing society, The Forest, by Omaxe, lies sprawled over six acres.
This sector is also very close to the Noida Expressway and has a large forest cover on two sides and sectors 93 and 137 on the other. A number of housing projects close by are still offering units here while others are being launched or are nearing completion. Some of them include Omaxe’s Grandwood, Purvanchal’s Silver city, Eldeco’s Utopia, Parsvnath’s Prestige, ATS Green Village, Supertech Emerald Court and Apex.
Despite its ideal location, Sector 92 does not have basic services like water, electricity and roads, the residents complain.
“In the past 12 years since the sector’s existence, the roads have been repaired only once – and that too several years ago. Everything’s in an extremely bad condition. Being close to a forest area and in the absence of a boundary wall, this place is vulnerable to criminals and anti-social elements,” complains Inderveer Singh, an advocate and resident.
Residents say there have been increasing cases of theft, chain snatching and a murder in the sector in the last few years.
“The law and order situation is so bad that six months ago a businessman was murdered at home and people got to know about it much later. Passers by are looted at gunpoint anytime during the day. There is nothing in the name of facilities here,” says a resident.
Office-bearers of the Sector 92 resident welfare association say they are trying to bring some order in the sector by installing colony gates at various points to make the residents feel secure, but things are not working out.
“We have collected funds and got the gates installed but they are useless because the sector is exposed to forest area from two sides. There is no boundary wall. We have requested the authorities several times but no one pays any heed to our demands,” says Rakesh Sharma, president of the RWA.
Residents also complain that water pipes have not been laid down at many spots due to which a few homes don’t get water supply.
Ridhiman Bhattacharya, a resident of A Block, says, “We have been writing to authorities about lack of water supply but have not got any response as yet.”
“When you buy a plot here, the Noida Authority collects a hefty amount ranging from R5 lakh to R10 lakh as transfer charges. The money is supposed to be spent on the sector to develop its facilities. The RWA will not construct shops and lay down water pipes. It’s the duty of the authority,” Sharma adds.
Where premium housing is concerned, the residents of The Forest enjoy better facilities than those in the plotted colonies. They have a business lounge, recreation centre on the ground floor of every tower, operational club with gymnasium with sauna and steam bath, cafeteria, swimming pool, separate pool for kids and a very good security system.
“Unfortunately, there is no communication among residents of The Forest and the plotted houses. The Forest has its own RWA which manages its own affairs,” says Kishan Kumar, a resident.
Kumar had bought a luxury flat measuring 4100 sq ft six years ago at the price R1 crore “Since then, prices have tripled. Today, the same flat will fetch around R3.25 crore.”