Homebuyers’ protest on Dec 14
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.