But with all the legal cases in courts resolved last year, deliveries of a bulk of flats in 55 housing projects were to have been given by this year-end.
NOIDA: Homebuyers in Noida Extension will launch a campaign on Twitter to protest the slow handover of flats in the region where housing projects are several years behind schedule because of a long-drawn legal battle on land acquisition.
But with all the legal cases in courts resolved last year, deliveries of a bulk of flats in 55 housing projects were to have been given by this year-end. But possessions have been trickling in, upsetting flat buyers who say they will start a tweeting spree from Sunday with the hashtag #NoHouseNoVote.
The Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (Nefowa), which has come up with the idea to resonate with the poll flavour as the state heads for assembly elections in a few months, has also started a signature campaign to reach chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Abhishek Kumar, president of Nefowa, said while people were given to understand this year would see the maximum number of flat handovers, nothing much had happened till September to back the claim. “Builders are giving false assurances to buyers. With the UP elections due next year, we are going to go on a major campaign, urging all buyers and especially farmers to not vote as no political party came out to do anything for us,” Kumar said.
The buyers will continue their signature campaign till mid-October and hand over a petition to the chief minister’s office in Lucknow. “We will go door-to-door to collect these signed messages and, in mid-October, we will hand them over to the office of the chief minister, so he can feel the angst of the buyers, especially senior citizens,” Kumar said.
Apartments in Noida Extension suffered a big delay over land acquisition protests from 2009-11. All construction in the area were stayed by the Allahabad high court in response to an objection raised by the farmers to acquisition. The decks were cleared for the realty projects after the Supreme Court upheld the land acquisition last year and ordered additional compensation to farmers.
Of 55 projects in Noida Extension, only four apartment complexes have given partial possession to buyers.
Responding to the planned campaign, Credai NCR chief Manoj Gaur said the delay in many cases was not intentional but procedural. “Completion is not such a big problem. Many builders have completed their apartments, but small details like environmental clearances, fire safety clearances and other small finishing touches are preventing them from getting completion and occupancy certificates. Many builders have already applied for completion and are waiting,” Gaur said.