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over 800 people live in the complex. There are 1,049 apartments in phase 1. None of the towers have any firefighting equipment, there are only two lifts though three were promised, the parking lots have not been maintained well and the swimming pool is leaking,” says R K Shrivastav, one of the residents of Amrapali Sapphire project in Noida 45.
“We were paying both EMIs and the rent and had no option but to move i n despite the facilities not being in place. In December last year, the builder promised us that all basic facilities within the complex would be ready by March 31, 2016, but when nothing happened we took this step. We decided to use the social medium because it has direct impact and we had waited far too long. All 700 people were involved in the campaign, even senior citizens who did not know how to tweet were trained to do so. My advice to homebuyers is that they should constantly educate themselves,” he says.
Anil Shar ma, chair man and managing director of the Amrapali Group, had said that only 4% to 5% work was pend- ing, which would be completed in the next two to three months and the registration process would also start soon.
This is not an isolated case. Residents of another project, Amrapali Royal, by the builder, in Indirapuram, have a similar story to tell. The almost eight-year-old society has not received a completion certificate as a deed of declaration has not been issued by the developer because additional 63 flats (out of 391) have been constructed in the complex. “In case of an earthquake or fire, these house owners will not be entitled to any claim, nor will they be able to sell the unsanctioned flats. There are no firefighting systems in place and only one basement as against two has been promised in the plan,” claims a resident living in one such unit.
Earlier in March, homebuyers in Noida and Greater Noida recorded a video message and tagged prime minister Narendra Modi on social networking websites, urging him to pass the Real Estate Regulatory Bill during the budget session. Their efforts led to the passage of the Bill.