The Federation of Apartment Owners Association (FedAOA) has written a letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister demanding strict action against enforcement officials of Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) after it was discovered that some developers have illegally constructed 1,900 flats on single unit plots.
The GDA recently conducted a survey, under which it was found that nearly three times housing units have been constructed on single unit plots sanctioned by the authority in three residential sectors of Indirapuram. GDA compiled a list of housing units where it was discovered that private developers have constructed about 1,900 flats, beyond the permitted number. The list states that 1,070 units were sanctioned in the three residential pockets of Indirapuram, but the survey found 3,050 units. The GDA has prohibited registration of these housing units.
The federation said that prohibition is resulting in harassment of the homebuyers. “At first, the authority should not have allowed the construction of these illegal units. Now when the units are sold, the authority wants to prohibit their registration. This will only harass the innocent homebuyers who have invested their life's savings on these flats. Many have also taken loans from banks. They all are stuck now,” said Alok Kumar, president of FedAOA.
Kumar alleged that this situation arose due to the negligence of the officers and corruption involved. “Homebuyers suffer due to corruption and lackadaisical attitude of such officials. First, they give permission for illegal construction and then take action only when the situation becomes unmanageable,” he added.
Kumar demanded that action should be initiated against erring officials on whose radar such rampant violations were carried out. In the letter, Kumar demanded that the homebuyers who suffered because of the officials' carelessness should be compensated by getting wages of these officials. “The homebuyers should be compensated by getting wages of these officials. Moreover, their properties and assets should be seized,” added Kumar.