Was Noida Authority unaware of massive changes in prestigious project’s layout plan?
Six 45-storey towers have replaced four buildings with 20-26 floors in the plans of a residential project in Sector 128
Can a builder change the layout plans of a project and sell part of the project to another developer? Can four towers in the project of 20 to 26 floors be converted to six towers with 45 floors each? On top of that, does the Noida Development Authority have no idea of such massive changes in a project’s plans? These are the questions arising from a writ petition filed in the Allahabad High Court by Mohinder Kumar Bhatla and Aviral Bhatla, investors in the Jaypee Greens Kristal Court luxury project in Sector 128, Noida.
The Kristal Court project, part of which was sold around three years after its launch by Jaypee to the builder Mahagun India and launched as Mahagun Manorial, an ambitious luxury project, allegedly violates the provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Apartment ( Promotion of Construction, Ownership and Maintenance) Act, 2010. The layout plans of the project have also not been approved by the Noida Authority – a fact admitted by the Authority in Allahabad High Court.
The petitioners who had bought apartments in Kristal Court smelt a rat after they saw newspaper advertisements of Mahagun Manorial, its layout plan covering almost half of what used to be the original Kristal Court plan. Talking to this correspondent, Aviral Bhatla said that “Kristal Court, spread over 463.60 hectares, is a part of Jaypee Greens in Sector 128, Noida. People had bought apartments on the basis of the initial layout plans, which had 11 towers with open park and common amenities. Four towers were to stand on one side of a golf course and seven on the other side. When Mahagun Manorial was advertised, however, it showed Kristal Court as a small project comprising of just four towers on one side. Out of the seven towers in the original plan, four were shown as part of Mahagun Manorial and the remaining three towers were shown as reserved by Jaypee for future development.”
Bhatla said the homebuyers did not have a problem with the space reserved for four Kristal Court towers in the initial plan being sold to Mahagun. “What bothered us was that the four towers, which were supposed to have 20 to 26 floors, have turned to six towers, to be built really close to each other, having 45 floors, complete with a helipad. Brochures of the new project show that the towers have no space between each other, preventing free flow of air and completely blocking out sunlight from the golf course,” adds Bhatla.