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

HT Estates - - NEWS - Jee­van Prakash Sharma

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.

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