Home­buy­ers’ protest on Dec 14

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

LUCKNOW: Af­ter wait­ing for years to get possession of their houses, hun­dreds of ag­grieved home­buy­ers have de­cided to take out a protest march to the Par­lia­ment house in New Delhi on De­cem­ber 14.

“The de­lay in han­dover has re­sulted in a lot of fi­nan­cial stress for home­buy­ers, ma­jor­ity of whom have taken a home loan and are pay­ing EMIs as well as their rent,” says Suhail Idreesi, who will par­tic­i­pate in the protest march be­ing or­gan­sied un­der the ban­ner of the Noida Ex­ten­sion Flat Owners Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (NEFOWA).

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been formed by merg­ing ac­tive home­buy­ers’ groups in cities from across Ut­tar Pradesh.

“A re­cent sur­vey un­der­taken by the UP Real Es­tate Au­thor­ity (UPRERA) has shown that there are at least 21,000 flats/houses in Noida and Greater Noida alone, whose han­dover has been de­layed by 3 to 7 years,” says Aman Gupta, a har­ried home­buyer await­ing the de­liv­ery of his flat booked with Ro­htas builder. Emails and text mes­sages have been shared on What­sApp groups formed by home­buy­ers and they have been told to take a day’s leave from work to par­tic­i­pate in the protest march.

“There are around 10,000 peo­ple who have been duped in the name of a mod­ern town­ship by An­sal API and an­other 4,000 by Ro­htas builder. We have held sev­eral demon­stra­tions and sub­mit­ted mem­o­ran­dum to au­thor­i­ties, but no ac­tion has been taken against the real­tors be­cause of their clout, both in po­lit­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive cir­cles,” said Dhirendra Verma, pres­i­dent of the Ro­htas Sang­harsh Samiti. Vice-pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion Ab­hishek Ti­wari said a joint FIR was reg­is­tered against the builder by 110 in­vestors with the Hazrat­ganj po­lice, but to no avail.

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