Despite the high-handedness of the builders, Greater Noida Authority prefers to remain quiet. Homebuyers have repeatedly lodged complaints against the builders, but every time, the authority fails to initiate stringent measures.
On 23 February, Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (NEFOWA) wrote to Deepak Agarwal, CEO of both Noida and Greater Noida Authority. Mincing no words, the letter alleged that the officials have been consistently protecting the builders who have delayed construction of group housing projects in Noida West. It added that the homebuyers felt cheated, as there’s nobody to initiate action against erring builders.
Abhishek Kumar, NEFOWA president, said for several group housing projects in Noida West, the builder has not even initiated bhoomi pujan, which signals the laying of the foundation stone.
But the Authority remains a mute spectator.
Shweta Bharti, general secretary of NEFOWA, said, “It is the responsibility of the Authority to safeguard the homebuyers’ interests, but that’s hardly the case. The hapless buyers will hold the Authority accountable if the builders flee abroad, since it is them who allotted land to these builders for developing the housing projects.”
Angry homebuyers put forth several pertinent questions — why doesn’t the Authority act against the builder after receiving complaints of stalled housing projects? Is the Authority being pressurised by external forces? Why did the Authority remove the list of defaulters (builders) from its website?
Bharti said once the new state government is formed, the concerns will be raised before the new chief minister. She threatened to launch a massive protest if the issues are not addressed soon.