Noida Authority makes builders toe the line
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Noida Authority makes builders toe the line

The Authority met residents and builders of two Noida societies to resolve issues.

Noida Authority makes builders toe the line

Residents and allottees of two housing projects of Noida held a meeting with officials of Noida Authority today. They raised their concerns over the incomplete projects and requested the authorities to intervene in solving this long-standing dispute with the builders.

The first meeting involved residents of Supertech Capetown, a residential society of Sector 74, Noida Authority officials and the representative of the builder. The meeting was chaired by Shishir Singh, ACEO of Noida Authority.

The homebuyers complained that till September 2016, they had been paying an exorbitant maintenance fee of Rs 2.5 per sq ft but getting poor-quality service in return. The builder had decreased the Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charges to Rs 2.25 per sq ft from October 2016. The builder promised to return or adjust the extra CAM charges as a result of the decrease in rate but has still not done so. Also, the builder is not ready to disclose the break-up of the amount being spent on security and other services. In another grievance, residents say it is charging a whopping Rs 20,000 (exclusive of service tax) for increasing the electricity load per kiloWatt, whereas the electricity department has a fixed charge of Rs 750 for residents wanting to upgrade the electricity load. The flat owners also alleged that the construction of some flats was not as per the approved drawings.

GL Khera, director of the Supertech Group, told officials that they had submitted the break-up of the expenditure to PVVNL officials and have also justified charging the amount. 

Homeowners, however, insisted that the builder was still charging them per kiloVolt instead of charging them on a kiloWatt basis. They also said that the CAM charges were being reflected in the electricity meters, whereas they should be separate. The builder has his own set of responses to the allegations. He said residents were supposed to pay advance charges for this but had failed to do so, forcing the builder to add this amount to the electricity meters.

Shishir Singh, ACEO of Noida Authority, told City Spidey, "The builder has to pay dues of Rs 398 crore to the Authority and we have asked the builder to submit a copy of the letter it had submitted to the discom, so its claim can be verified." A team from the Noida Authority will also visit the society on May 9 to see what facilities are being offered to residents, he added. 

The second meeting involved flat buyers of Supertech Emerald Court in Sector 93A, representatives of the builder and officials of the Authority. Maintenance issues and society handover to the AOA were the main resident concerns discussed at the meeting. 

Residents have demanded that the builder hand over Rs 10 crore of interest-free security to the AOA, so they can maintain the society on their own. The builder's representatives said all this money had already been spent for the upkeep of the society. Officials of Noida Authority told residents that they would get a financial audit done and then decide what was to be done about this.