UP Min­is­ter Ma­hana meets protest­ing home buy­ers

The Indian Express - - THE CITY - ADITI VATSA

IN AN at­tempt to ex­tend sup­port to the thou­sands of home buy­ers who have been left in the lurch due to de­lay in hand­ing over of flats in Noida and Greater Noida, Ut­tar Pradesh In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Satish Ma­hana met a sec­tion of home in­vestors Thurs­day af­ter­noon and as­sured them of stern ac­tion against the builders.

“The min­is­ter has asked all builders to pro­vide de­tails of all projects on­line as a transparency mea­sure. He as­sured that strict ac­tion will be taken against de­fault­ing builders,” a se­nior Noida of­fi­cial said.

Among those who met Ma­hana on Thurs­day was Annu Khan, Pres­i­dent, Noida Es­tate Flat Own­ers Main As­so­ci­a­tion.

“To­day, lakhs of flat buy­ers in Noida, Greater Noida and Greater Noida West are fac­ing ha­rass­ment from builders. Af­ter for­ma­tion of a new gov­ern­ment, there is hope among buy­ers, es­pe­cially af­ter the meet­ing with the In­dus­tries Min­is­ter on Thurs­day. Ac­cord­ing to us, flat buy­ers who have been run­ning from builders to Noida Au­thor­ity but have not been handed over their flats, or those who were get­ting flats at a higher cost, listed out mea­sures that the gov­ern­ment could take on the is­sue,” Khan said.

As per the as­so­ci­a­tion’s sug­ges­tions, old flat own­ers should not be asked for ad­di­tional pay­ment such as farmer com­pen­sa­tion, es­ca­la­tion charges, late pay­ment charges and sewer and wa­ter con­nec­tion charges. It was fur­ther­sug­gest­edthat­builder­sas­sure timely hand­ing over of flats.

“We also sug­gested that an or­der be passed in cases where a home in­vestor wants to with­draw his pay­ment. The builders should re­turn the money with in­ter­est,” Khan said.

“In or­der to es­cape from the Real Es­tate (reg­u­la­tion and devel­op­ment) Act , builders are ap­ply­ing for par­tial com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates and ask­ing buy­ers to take pos­ses­sion of the flat, where ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties are not avail­able. We have re­quested the min­is­ter to in­ves­ti­gate this and en­sure that par­tial com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cates are is­sued af­ter proper in­spec­tion,” said Yo­gen­dra To­mar from Eros Buy­ers Group.

With the dis­trict wit­ness­ing a se­ries of protests by home in­vestors, heavy se­cu­rity ar­range­ments had been made by au­thor­i­ties ahead of Ma­hana’s visit.

Out­side the Noida Au­thor­ity of­fice in Sec­tor 6, some home in­vestors were left fum­ing af­ter they were al­legedly de­nied an in­ter­ac­tion with the min­is­ter.

One of them was Delhi res­i­dent Preeti Kalra, who bought a flat in Noida Sec­tor 113.

“We did not get en­try. We bought a flat in Noida Sec­tor 113 and the en­tire amount has been paid. For the last three years, we have been given false as­sur­ances that the flat will be ready in a year or a few months but the sta­tus of con­struc­tion has re­mained the same. A pub­lic no­tice had come to­day, where it was said that any­one can come and meet the min­is­ter at the Au­thor­ity. But we have been stand­ing at the gate and wait­ing since morn­ing,” she said.


A protest by home buy­ers last year.

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