Rehabilitation of displaced families for Noida airport to be complete by July 15 – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: The rehabilitation of all displaced families, without which work on the first phase of the Noida airport project cannot start, is expected to be completed by July 15.

On Wednesday, Meerut divisional commissioner Surendra Singh visited the six villages where the proposed Jewar airport will come up, to monitor the progress of the rehabilitation process.

Nearly 600 of the over 3,000 families have partially been moved from their homes, out of which a majority of the families are from Nagla Ganeshi, Nagla Phoolkan and Dayanatpur Khera villages.

In the first phase, officials have to get all the six villages vacated to organise the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Noida International Airport project. Meanwhile, villagers have said they are not being given time to complete the construction of their houses in Jewar Bangar township and are instead being asked to shift immediately.

In fact, senior UP government officials are monitoring the progress of the project on a daily basis. A WhatsApp group has been formed to share the updates and issues about the airport project on a real-time basis with officials in Lucknow. The Gautam Budh Nagar administration, which has deployed nine sub-divisional magistrates, sends the status report to the chief minister’s office every evening. Senior officials of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority and representatives of Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), the special purpose vehicle established by the UP government to jointly develop the project, also had a discussion with the divisional commissioner in the evening.

YEIDA’s CEO Arun Vir Singh, who is also the head of YIAPL, said, “Villagers are being given all the support to get their house constructed over the plots allocated to them in Jewar Bangar. We are providing 24-hour supply of electricity and water so that the construction of houses can take place even during the night. Nagla Ganeshi and Kishorepur have already been vacated and all the 250 families in them have shifted.”

Of the total 1,334 hectares to be handed over to the subsidiary of Zurich AG given the concession rights to set up and operate the airport, 1,287 hectares do not have any structures. As the runway has been planned over and around Nagla Ganeshi, officials convinced 238 families from the village to uproot first.

Member of the monitoring committee set up by the government to take feedback from the villagers, Mozzam Khan said, “Majority of the villagers have been supporting the project and have made up their mind to shift. However, a section of villagers wants to be given some time to construct their houses due to financial hardships and other reasons.”

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Greater Noida: Habitech Panchtatva residents protest against builder over power cuts – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA | NOIDA: Troubled by long power cuts and DG set failure, around 300 residents of Habitech Panchtatva society in Greater Noida sat on a protest on the society premises for around five hours late Tuesday night.

The residents said that while they had been getting power supply only for a few hours since Monday, the DG set installed on the society premises was of no major help as it would stop functioning soon after getting heated. Subhash Tiwari, one of the residents, told TOI that while they had been facing prolonged power cuts for the past one and half months, the situation has become especially unbearable since Monday.

“On Monday, we got power supply only for six hours and it remained affected for almost 18 hours. On Tuesday too, a similar problem was faced and when it became too much, residents had to gather and sit on a protest in the society premises. We tried to contact the society maintenance and the builder for help but received no response,” he said.

Tiwari added that earlier too, they had protested against the builder at the maintenance company office but to no avail.

Residents alleged that while the UPPCL power supply lasted only for about two hours, they were forced to depend on the DG set which failed due to overuse. They pointed that senior citizens, children and those in quarantine have had a tough time as they suffered due to the prolonged outages. “We have never tried to indulge in any unauthorised action till now but we had gone to the local police chowki on Wednesday seeking action against the builder,” said a resident who had been sitting on protest.

Police arrived at the spot early on Wednesday afternoon and tried to mediate between the residents and the company officials. However, later in the evening, cops said that an FIR was being lodged against builders under IPC sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust).

Meanwhile, a statement from the Habitech Panchtatva read: “Yesterday (Tuesday) night, there were long power outages. Also, there was short circuit in the generators for around 20 minutes. Despite best efforts, residents faced inconvenience for a short while. Later, the problem has been resolved. On Wednesday, a new, more powerful generator of 1250kv was installed and made operational after replacing the old 750kv generator.”

Similar situation was faced in Noida as well with several sectors reporting outages for hours as well as intermittent power cuts, besides voltage fluctuations.

While technical snag in the 400kv substation was cited as the reason for Sector 71 area, overheating of transformer were reported from others. When contacted VN Singh, chief zonal engineer, Noida power department PVVNL, told TOI that there was a technical snag in a 400kv substation which led to the problem in Sector 71. While at other places the issues were local.

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Greater Noida development body extends PMAY application deadline to June 25 – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: GNIDA has failed to get adequate applications for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme. Against 10,000 flats proposed to be built under the scheme, the authority has received only 760 applications. Launched in January this year, the Authority has extended the application deadline now from April 24 to June 25.

While Covid lockdown is being seen as the main reason for lack of response, many migrant labourers working in local factories have left town, leaving few takers for the scheme.

Deep Chandra, ACEO of GNIDA, said, “In view of the pandemic and economic slowdown we have extended the application deadline of the PMAY scheme by two months. The affordable housing scheme under PMAY is under two categories – for economically weaker sections of society (EWS) and low-income groups (LIG). Eligible and qualified beneficiaries may apply on the prescribed form till 6 pm of June 25 at the special counter set up near gate number 1 of GNIDA office along with a demand draft of Rs 5,000.”

While the state government has given a target of 50,000 such homes to be built by all three authorities, GNIDA has also made the provision of providing 10% land use for commercial purposes to the developer against the earlier 1%.

“We have demarcated sectors 1, 2 and 3 for affordable homes to be built with public-private collaboration under the PMAY scheme. About 10,000 such flats are to be built under the scheme,” said Narendra Bhooshan CEO GNIDA.

Santosh Kumar, OSD (builders) GNIDA, told TOI that overall Covid pandemic has led to a delay in implanting all the conditions of the scheme. “The lockdown delayed the process while people facing the Covid pandemic also were caught up in saving lives and livelihood which led to less responses received so far – about 760 applications till date,” he said.

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At consumer forum, long wait for Noida homebuyers – ET RealEstate

NOIDA: Shashi Gopal booked an apartment at Palace Heights, a housing society project in Noida Extension’s Sector 1, nearly a decade back.

In 2018, he moved the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) seeking refund on the ground that the developer has not been able to deliver the project even after seven years. Though NCDRC admitted his case in 2018, nothing substantial has moved in the case to date.

“While we were supposed to get our flats by 2015, it’s 2021 and we are stuck. Though the case was tabled for hearing in NCDRC in October 2019, nothing has moved over the past one year. Our hopes for a refund have also been dashed,” Gopal told TOI.

Gopal is not the only one. Over 500 buyers from 10 housing societies in Noida and Greater Noida who have applied for refund against their delayed property with NCDRC have not had their cases listed for hearing in over one year. Advocates representing these buyers at NCDRC claim things have slowed down because of the pandemic and the virtual hearings are “too slow” to accommodate pending cases.

As of March 31, 2021, 21,443 were pending with NCDRC, as per the commission’s portal.

Randheer Kumar Sinha, the lawyer representing Palace Heights buyers at NCDRC, said, “I have clients from 10 projects in Noida and Greater Noida who have moved NCDRC and have not had their cases listed in over a year. Besides the pandemic slowing down the matter, the commision also has a shortage of staff that has led to these delays.”

“All these cases are filed under the old Consumer Act which permitted applications of claim value of up to Rs 1 crore. The new act that has come into force in 2020 permits only cases worth Rs 10 crore to be admitted to NCDRC,” he added.

Lawyer Mihir Kumar, who represents homebuyers at NCDRC, Allahabad high court and the Supreme Court, told TOI, “Many buyers have moved NCDRC with the hope of a refund. But with the legal proceedings delayed, they are stuck and also failing to make an exit from their investments. We hope the court soon picks these cases on priority.”

“The buyers will now move the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” said Abhishek Kumar, president of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (Nefowa).

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