Noida: Residents retaliate against withholding of occupancy certificate
Residents of Eldeco Utopia, one of the luxury residential society in Sector 93, Noida opposed the action of putting on hold the already issued occupancy certificate By Noida Authority. They complained that this is an old society and maximum residents moved to their houses almost 12 years ago. But the authority woke up from deep slumber just now to check whether the effluent treatment plant (ETP) or sewerage treatment plant (STP) is functional or not.
On condition of anonymity, an ex-office bearer of the society said that it is ironic that the authority had issued occupancy certificate to the developer of the society, which doesn't have ETP/STP in place. If it was not in place, how was the OC issued then? He said, "I wonder why did the authority cancel only Eldeco Utopia's OC? There are several residential societies in Sector 93, where a sewage treatment plant doesn't exist at all."
As per the information received by CitySpidey, the authority took a wake up call to enforce the rules following an order by National Green Tribunal Act. The authority put the occupancy certificate of the society on hold recently over an effluent treatment plant.
Jitender Nath, a resident of Eldeco Utopia said, “the developer handed over the society to residents' body years ago. The handover agreement says that the developer would be held responsible for any violation of statutory requirements including building map, design and STP etc.”
Residents of Grand Omaxe, another high rise in Sector 93B complained that the untreated water of other societies is also being pumped out in public drain of the Noida Development Authority but action is not being taken against them for the violation.
Surya Prakash, a resident of Grand Omaxe said, "While purchasing homes, we paid the builder cost of homes and other charges that the developer had asked for. But it is the developer who did not make provision of treating the sewage water. The authority should make him accountable for the same."
Further he said, "If the developer is not held responsible, then we are of the view that the authority is passing responsibility on others just for the sake of saving themselves."
According to sources from Noida Development Authority, it is responsibility especially of multistorey societies, that they would have their own waste disposal and sewerage set up in their premises.
SC Gaur, General Manger, town planning cell of Noida Development Authority, said complaints were received from residents that effluent is not being treated. They were examined and action was taken accordingly. He even said there are few more residential societies from the same sector against where complaints have been received. We are examining them and if violation is found, action will be taken.
Gaur stated that the OC is withheld until effluent or sewage treatment plants are made functional. He further remarked, "Both developer as well as residents' body are given time of 60 days within which they will have to comply to the rules."