Monday, December 4, 2017

Panel of ministers orders arrest of eight Noida builders

A group of ministers, set up by the UP government to sort out the mess in Noida's real estate sector, directed Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Love Kumar on Monday to arrest eight builders for not delivering 5,000 flats to homebuyers. However, Noida officials refused to name these builders.

In September, police had lodged 13 FIRs against six builders with projects in Noida and Greater Noida. FIRs were registered against Amrapali, Supertech, Alpine Realtech, Proview group, Today Homes, and JNC Constructions following meetings held by the same three-member cabinet committee in August. The builders were booked under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

Urban housing minister Suresh Khanna, one of the three ministers in the group, further directed the SSP to initiate action against all builders who have failed to hand over possession to homebuyers and have FIRs against them.

The committee emphasised that builders have to be pushed to deliver 50,000 flats by the end of December, a goal UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had set in August.

Officials said the three development authorities - Noida, Greater Noida, and Yamuna Expressway - have a roadmap to deliver 32,500 flats by the end of the year. But the committee has now asked for a plan to deliver the remaining 17,500 units.
Apart from urban housing minister Khanna, UP industries minister Satish Mahana, and state minister (independent charge) of cane development and sugar mills Suresh Rana are part of the committee.

Monday's directions came after a closed-door review meeting held by the ministerial committee in New Delhi. While Noida Authority has conveyed to the committee that 11,000 flats will be delivered in Noida, builders of Greater Noida have promised 14,000 apartments. Yamuna Expressway Authority has promised 7,525 flats, including, 2,970 houses the authority has built.
According to Noida Authority officials, 5,771 completion certificates have been handed over to builders since August 2017. Of these 5,670 flats were handed over by November. Besides, 3,791 flats are being fast-tracked for year-end delivery.

Greater Noida Authority officials told the group of ministers that they have already given possession of 4,529 flats. About 9,671 are over 90% complete and should get completion certificates this month. About 5,000 flats in Greater Noida are being pushed for completion by January 2018.

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