Homebuyers who’s possession papers were not cleared or those who’d got late completion certificates are clamoring to complete the registry process before the impending 2 % stamp duty hike.
NOIDA: There was unprecedented rush in registry office in sector 33 on Thursday on account of three-day holiday commencing from Friday. “The office will be closed tomorrow on account of first day of navratra (culminating in Ram Navami), followed by second Saturday holiday when Authority will remain closed. Hence there is huge rush of homebuyers in the registry office today. Nobody is willing to listen to anything. It’s crazy here,” said Manoj Kumar, ground staff of Eldeco builders.
Homebuyers who’s possession papers were not cleared or those who’d got late completion certificates are clamoring to complete the registry process before the impending 2 % stamp duty hike (from 5 % to 7 %) cleared by the UP cabinet earlier last month. “Till the notification of stamp duty hike comes through registries are done at the earlier 5 % stamp duty charge,” said a staff from the registry office.
“Over 200 people have come to the registry office since morning as next three days the office remains closed. Mostly the rush is from homebuyers who could not get their property registered earlier. We are trying to clear the backlog to the best of our capacity, but today’s rush is sudden and unprecedented,” said another staff on the counter.
S K Singh, assistant inspector general (AIG) of the UP Stamps and Registration Department tried to play down the numbers. “Though we are closed for three days from tomorrow till Sunday, the rush is routine. There’s no need to panic as office will reopen on Monday and work will continue at routine pace,” Singh told TOI.
Meanwhile harried residents continued to throng registry office in lieu of information as well as to complete their registry process. “Our registries have got delayed as our builder 3C is holding our sublease deed. We’ve paid 100% payment including submitting stamp duty charges as well as three months’ advance payment. Yet our papers are not being given to us so that we complete our registry process. We even took our complaint to MLA Vimla Batham today (Thursday) who called up the builder and forwarded our complaint to Noida Authority and the district magistrate N P Singh. We are now awaiting a call from the builder which has not yet come,” said Manoj Kumar Bhardwaj, resident of sector 100 who’s booked a property with the said