NOIDA: Given the many problems faced by homebuyers including delayed possession, unauthorised increase in FAR (floor area ratio), stamp duty hike for those who’ve already paid the sum but not got possession due to delay from builders etc., NCR RWA has written to CEO Noida Authority demanding action from authority (as they say it’s Authority’s area of operation and not the courts) and update status on its website.
“The spate of defaulter builders of late have led to many troubles for the homebuyer who has to make the rounds of courts for no fault of his due to matters pending in litigation which should not have come up in courts in the first place,” said Chetan Sharma, secretary general Confederation of NCR Residents Welfare Associations (CONRWA).
While sources claim that realtors owe Noida Authority around Rs 7,200 crore, most of them have defaulted on payments as well as delivery front. “Problems such as flouting building bye laws, increase in FAR in the name of infrastructure costs, pricing the property on super area and not carpet area leading to enhanced registry charges, collecting full registry amount and not delivering possession of property/flats leading to hiked registry charge burden on the homebuyer are some of the issues which are recurrent in Noida due to lackadaisical attitude of Noida authority towards errant builders,” said P S Jain, president CONRWA.
According to Jain all the above issues fall under the purview of Noida authority just as they would under Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in Delhi or Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) in Ghaziabad etc. “Yet these problems accrue as Noida authority has not even uploaded the list of defaulter builders – a basic exercise – on its website so that a homebuyer can be prevented from getting cheated,” said Sharma who further adds that while most homebuyers are still awaiting NOC (no objection certificate) of their property to complete the registry process, they are getting conned by way of being charged for super area which includes common area such as lift and corridor etc., instead of carpet area (actual size of the flat).
Also while increased FAR has become the norm, parking of visitors to any society are leading to encroachment on roads instead of being provided designated space in the master plan of the property. “At the end it’s the homebuyer who has to run from pillar to post to get his property possession after paying undue charges at each step of the way. Till the time the property is handed over, the builder has extracted all kinds of unauthorised charges from him which were not part of the original plan and there’s nothing that a homebuyer can do as authority is moot on the subject,” said Sharma.
Hence CONRWA has demanded that authority takes corrective steps starting with uploading defaulter builder list on its website and creating a resolution centre for planned and timely correction of builder apathy towards home buyers and not let the matter slip into courts. “Since all these matters fall within the purview of Noida authority, its time it addressed it rather than letting it rut in litigation. We will also take similar steps with DDA in Delhi and GDA in Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad authorities,” said Jain.