Towers under construction at spaces earmarked for parks, leaking walls, dirty water and erratic power supply are among the problems tormenting many home buyers in Noida and Greater Noida areas of Gautam Budh Nagar district. Worse still, these problems have come after spending lakhs on dream homes and waiting many years – beyond promised delivery time – for getting possession, say several home buyers.
More than five lakh home buyers who have invested in group housing societies in Noida and Greater Noida areas now find themselves caught in a crossfire between the administration and builders. Many are disgruntled and are increasingly making their feelings known, holding protests and even approaching the court to address their grievances.
On May 23, residents of Gaur City in Noida Extension found an innovative way of drawing the attention of builders and the administration. “We organised a Roadgiri, where sports events, games, aerobics and other exercises, even laughter therapy was used. This demonstration took place because the residents of this group housing complex were denied access to the stadium. The builder initially sold the apartments with a sales pitch that residents will get access to the stadium and sports facilities. They even used the slogan ‘Get used to more’ in the brochure in which the stadium and other sports facilities were displayed. Now, when we got the possession, Gaursons is charging a hefty amount for access to the stadium,” said a resident of the group housing society. “Gaursons is now using the sports complex premises commercially and preventing residents from using their right to walk in that area.”
In the last month, home buyers in this NCR region have held numerous protests. While some have voiced concerns over lack of basic amenities in group housing societies, many have agitated for getting possession of their flats.
At Sector 74 in Cape Town, a project by Supertech builder group, investors complained changes were made in the plan shown to them, resulting in the construction of towers instead of green space and villas. “The plan was proposed to us in September 2010 when we booked a flat in Cape Town. I booked my flat in CM 02 tower flat which was facing Cape Court, which to be a villa project. Now, there are towers coming in place of villas so the site view promised by builders has been blocked. There is no green area facing this tower,” said Navin Dubey.
Despite moving into their flats in Noida Extension a year ago, residents complained basic amenities were lacking. “Last month, we had approached Noida Authority to intervene in the matter. We are being charged an exorbitant amount of money for power and water supply. There are no street lights along the internal roads in group housing complexes. Most residents have to depend on own backups and tap ground water. The authority has assured these concerns will be looked into,” said Annu Khan, a member of the Noida Estate Flat Owners Main Association.
Vinod Singh, a resident of Supertech’s Czar Society in Greater Noida’s Sector Omicron I, said, “There is no dearth of problems in this area. The quality of construction is so poor that waterlogging is a frequent phenomenon, manholes have not been covered, the swimming pool has not been functioning. The facilities promised to us are completely lacking. It has not even been two years since the society has come up, but the roofs have already started leaking.”