High on prices, nil on fa­cil­i­ties

HT Estates - - Front Page - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

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.”

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