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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.

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